Take Care of Your Teeth With These Brushing Tips

Take Care of Your Teeth With These Brushing Tips

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Regular visits to your dentist for checkups and cleanings are an important part of maintaining good dental health. In addition to these dental visits, it’s essential to take good care of your teeth at home with an effective flossing and brushing routine. Keep reading for a few helpful tips you can use to prevent dental disease from affecting the look and health of your smile.
Avoid Brushing After Acidic Foods
Brushing too soon after consuming acidic foods or drinks can promote enamel erosion that weakens the natural defenses of your teeth. After an acidic meal or snack, wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth; alternatively, opt to brush your teeth before consuming acidic meals and rinse your mouth thoroughly after eating.
Brush for a Full Two Minutes
Dentists recommend brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day to ensure you remove all food debris and plaque from the teeth, gums, and tongue. However, it can be difficult to ensure you are truly brushing for a full two minutes without a little help. Set a timer on your phone or choose a piece of music to play that is two minutes long to make sure you’re cleaning your teeth thoroughly.
Don’t Scrub Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth shouldn’t require as much work as scouring your kitchen floor—rather than using as much force as possible, try to keep your grip light to avoid placing excess pressure on the teeth and gums. Pressing down too forcefully with your toothbrush can erode tooth enamel and cause your gums to recede; as you brush, monitor your grip continuously and adjust it to ensure the pressure on your teeth stays light. A soft-bristled toothbrush is also helpful in avoiding scrubbing the teeth too hard.
If you’d like more dental health tips and information, please call the office of John Carson, DDS at (520) 514-7203 to schedule your next dental exam in Tucson. We can help you develop a personalized oral health plan that will address your unique needs and concerns to maintain the smile you want.

Keeping Our Patients Safe and Healthy at John R. Carson D.D.S., P.C.

Dear Patients,

As all of you know, our vision here at John R. Carson D.D.S., P.C. is to partner with patients to achieve the best for their long-term oral and overall health. We are honored to serve you. In light of current coronavirus/COVID-19 concerns affecting the world and an order from the Arizona Governor we, like all dental offices in Arizona, are closed for anything other than dental emergencies until April 3rd.

If you have a dental emergency, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are committed now and always to your needs.

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During this confusing and stressful time, staying healthy helps you fight off any challenge! Know that we take our role as your healthcare partner very seriously and are here to help! For the latest information and guidance, please refer to the CDC’s COVID-19 situation webpage, the Department of Public Health website, or ADA.

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