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Do you know what the number one thing is to prevent cavities and gingivitis in your smile? Oral hygiene, specifically, cleaning your teeth and gums every single day. Our Smith Family Dental team in Murray, Utah would like to spend some time today reviewing your at-home hygiene routine.


So, the first thing you want to do is remove bacteria and plaque which cause tooth decay and gum disease. We suggest brushing twice a day using a soft-bristled brush along with a fluoride toothpaste. These both protect the tooth enamel and benefit the gums. Make sure the brush head is small enough to reach your back molars.


Some people using a battery-operated or electric toothbrush because a manual one is too difficult to maneuver. Whatever works best for you is perfect for the job.


o brush, angle the head towards the gums and using gentle strokes, massage each tooth carefully. Target all areas of each tooth–not just the front and back, but the top surfaces as well. As you brush, take a moment to remove bacteria and plaque from your tongue. You can brush from back to front to loosen debris and rinse your mouth well.


When you are done with your brush, rinse it thoroughly and store it upright between cleanings. Leave it uncovered, because air-drying prevents the growth of mold, bacteria, and yeast. Avoid letting it touch other toothbrushes because you don’t want cross-contamination. Replace it (or the toothbrush head) every three to four months.


Since brushing can’t remove plaque and bacteria along the gumline or between the teeth, you will want to floss once a day. Some patients use a dental floss, others prefer water flossers, dental picks, small interdental brushes, pre-threaded flossers, or silicone plaque removers. It doesn’t matter which tool you use, just that you use it!


You can remove any residual bacteria in the mouth by rinsing with a mouthwash once a day. To support your brushing, flossing, and rinsing routine, see your dentist every six months for professional cleanings. To schedule your next visit with Dr. Morgan Smith we invite you to call us at 801-266-4427 today!