Redlands, California, dentist describes the importance of good dental hygiene habits

Caring for the smile and maintaining gum health is easy with good dental care habits. Dr. Jennifer Nation of Redlands, California, is a dental professional at Brookside Smiles Dentistry who works routinely with patients who are interested in achieving and maintaining healthy smiles. With proper oral health habits at home and routine teeth cleanings with our professionals, patients can keep their teeth beautiful, healthy, and fully functional for life.

What do I need to know about dental hygiene?

 Patients are educated each time they visit the dentist about their oral health and wellness. Dr. Jennifer Nation can work with patients in helping them learn ways to keep cavities and periodontal disease from developing. Below are just a few of the more common suggestions made by our team for better oral hygiene:

  • Brush your teeth—after every meal, brushing your teeth can remove food particles that can contribute to cavities and periodontal disease. Patients should use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush to brush the teeth, inside of the cheeks, and the tongue. Patients are encouraged to brush for at least two minutes to cover all the surfaces in the mouth where bacteria can rest.
  • Floss – Flossing is also important as it removes food particles from between the teeth that can turn into sugars and acids. Flossing can be done at least once a day, but after every meal is highly recommended.
  • Visiting the dentist – dental visits are critical to monitoring one’s dental health. When patients visit Brookside Smiles Dentistry, they are encouraged to visit at least twice a year for professional teeth cleaning and a full evaluation of the smile. That may include x-rays to check the health of teeth below the gumline.

Learn more about good dental care habits

When you regularly attend teeth cleaning, routine evaluations, and take care of the smile at home, you significantly reduce your risk of developing dental issues. Dr. Jennifer Nation and her team at Brookside Smiles Dentistry are excited to educate patients on how they can avoid cavities and gum disease. Call (909) 300-9044 to request a consultation appointment and initial evaluation at our practice, conveniently located at 1510 Barton Road in Redlands, California.