Oral Care Tips To Protect Your Smile

Dentist Stafford VA - Stafford Oral SurgeryStafford Oral Surgery & Specialists, the premier source of oral health care in the Stafford, Virginia area, invites you to consider our excellence in dental care services. The team at Stafford Oral Surgery focuses on our patients’ comfort and well-being, using our many treatments that provide you with the highest quality dental and oral hygiene. 

Located just off Garrisonville Road, the Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists team is dedicated to providing oral surgery for facial, jaw, or dental treatments to residents in Stafford, Virginia and the surrounding area. Our team of dedicated surgical associates and professionals offers a friendly, efficient office environment, from which you can expect consistently excellent medical care in our comfortable and relaxing practice space. From extractions and dental implants to facial trauma surgery and bone grafting, our compassionate and experienced surgical professionals are happy to provide you the oral surgical care you most need. 

Source: Oral Health Tips | Adult Oral Health | Basics | Oral Health | CDC

As part of our dedication to high quality and compassionate dental care, the Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists team has compiled some helpful oral care tips that we believe can benefit any and all of our patients. We are happy to provide you with the following advice with the hope that you will consider our team of professionals for your next oral surgical appointment or oral care visit. Read on to learn how you can best protect your smile and oral health for a lifetime.

Follow the Correct Brushing Technique

Although oral surgical care is sometimes unavoidable and the best option for a patient’s long-term oral hygiene, there are still plenty of tips you can consider to prevent unnecessary surgical operations and maintain a healthy set of teeth. At Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists, we believe one of the best ways to preserve your oral hygiene and ensure a happy and healthy smile is brushing your teeth with good technique.

Although it is likely that you are already brushing your teeth with a toothbrush regularly, you may in fact not be following the correct brushing technique to ensure a thorough clean. A few things you can do to ensure you are using the proper brushing technique are:

  • Placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums
  • Moving your toothbrush in tooth-wide strokes, while gently brushing your teeth back and forth
  • Brushing all surfaces of your teeth, including your outer, inner, and chewing surfaces
  • Making sure you are cleaning behind your front teeth, holding your brush vertically, and using up-and-down brush strokes 

A clean, quality toothbrush is the primary tool you can use to keep your teeth and mouth clean, and ensure that you don’t wind up with avoidable oral hygiene issues later down the road. But it takes more than just a good toothbrush to keep your mouth as clean as possible. 

Use a Mouthwash Regularly

We now know that brushing with a quality toothbrush is essential for keeping your teeth and gums as healthy as they can be. However, brushing alone will not target every area of your mouth. Flossing is an incredibly effective solution you can use to target the areas between your teeth and around your gums. Mouthwash is another great solution. An antibacterial mouthwash solution from brands such as Listerine and Colgate can be used on a daily basis to fight harmful oral bacteria and keep your mouth fresh and smelling good. Knowing how to properly use your mouthwash is essential for an effective clean, so be sure to follow these tips:

  • Gargle after you swish. Gargling will help to remove bacteria from the back of your mouth and top of your throat
  • Do not rinse your mouth after you use your mouthwash, as this will make your daily cleaning less effective
  • Use a mouthwash that is the right choice for you and that best suits your oral care requirements. An antibacterial mouthwash can help fight bad breath and prevent gum disease, while cosmetic mouthwash is typically designed to whiten your teeth and freshen your breath. 

Washing the mouth with mouthwash at least once a day is sufficient for most people’s oral hygiene. Make sure to swish and gargle for at least 60 seconds.

A little Effort with Your Dental Health goes a Long Way

Whether it’s remembering to floss or cutting out risky behaviors or poor food choices, you can reduce the likelihood of developing cavities and other dental problems by putting in just a bit of effort. Keep these oral care tips in mind and enjoy a healthy smile without pain and discomfort.

Source: Oral Hygiene: Best Practices & Instructions for Good Routine (clevelandclinic.org)

Booking an Appointment with Us

At Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists, we pride ourselves on the knowledge and experience we confer to our patients. That’s why our practice has created easy-to-follow procedures for booking appointments at our Stafford, VA office and making payment arrangements to minimize your stress. Visit our website at www.staffordoralsurgery.com for more information on our support services and team. The team at the Stafford Oral Surgery & Specialists office very much look forward to providing you with your next oral surgery experience.