While our Seattle dentist does her best to care for your teeth, you only have a dental exam twice a year. The bulk of your dental care is really performed by you, in your home. It can be a bit difficult to stay on track with your oral hygiene when you don't have a consistent support system. Today, we offer tips to keep yourself motivated and even get your family members to help out. Preventive dentistry is what keeps decay and periodontal disease at bay, and it can be practiced every day in quick, simple ways.

Oral Hygiene Tips for An Effective Regimen

  • Brush at least twice a day. This may seem like a simple tip, but there are patients who struggle to find time to get their brushing in. Remind yourself that you need only softly brush your teeth 2-3 minutes a day. In the grand scheme of things, it's not too huge a commitment. Ensure that you are brushing properly to make those minutes really count!

  • Floss! Most of us despise flossing, especially since starting up again after a break from flossing can leave gums tender and teeth sore. Push through that time, and you will stop feeling discomfort within a week. Make flossing a more entertaining time by flossing while watching TV, reading, or chatting with a family member.

  • Rinse with water after eating. This is one of our favorite oral hygiene tips because it is so simple. No matter your location, it's usually possible to get in a quick rinse after a snack or meal. This washes food particles from your teeth before they can mingle with bacteria and give rise to harmful acids.

  • Pay attention to your diet and drinks. Sugary snacks and beverages bathe your teeth in sugar and acidic substances. Try raw veggies, nuts, cheese, yogurt, and water instead (which are all healthier for your body and also delicious!). If you keep problem foods and sodas out of the house, no one will be tempted. This will help give your kids' oral health a boost as well.

  • Find dental products that work for you. You and your family members should choose your own brushes and toothpastes (and even mouthwash) based on your dental needs. Using a product that pleases you will make oral hygiene more satisfying.

  • Get the family on oral hygiene watch. Create a brushing chart in the bathroom where family members can check off their brushing and flossing daily. You'll all help keep each other on task.

...And don't forget to schedule your regular dental appointments! Only a professional can check for signs of decay.

Dr. Kim Dr. Kim

Dr. Kim Okamura

I'm Dr. Kim Okamura and this blog is a product of my love of dentistry. I dedicate it to all the patients I have served so that they may better understand my craft. The information here will give you and others the power to maintain and protect one of your most priceless gifts ... your SMILE.