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Dental hygiene is important not only for the appearance of your smile but for the health of it, as well. It is important to remember these basics as you continue to care for your smile.

Brush Your Teeth: Brushing is the easiest and most fundamental part of taking care of your smile. Brush for 2 minutes, twice a day, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush. This ensures that your teeth will get clean, while at the same time not damaging your gums or tooth enamel.


Floss: Floss your teeth! Don’t forget this vital part of oral hygiene. It doesn’t matter whether you floss before or after you brush, as long as it gets done. Use an 18-inch piece of single-filament floss that is ADA approved. Look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. Make sure to use a new section of thread for each tooth, as this prevents cross-contamination within the mouth.


Mouthwash: Adding mouthwash to your daily hygiene routine can be beneficial to some people. If you need to avoid alcohol, read labels carefully. Many types of mouthwash contain a lot of alcohol. Choose a therapeutic mouthwash rather than a cosmetic one, as therapeutic mouthrinses contribute to mouth health rather than merely mouth appearance or smell. Do not give mouthwash to children under 6 years old.


For more information about caring for your mouth at home, call Bethaney B. Brenner, DMD, LLC at 860-673-7155. And if you are in the Burlington, Connecticut area, be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bethaney B. Brenner soon! We look forward to seeing you at your bi-annual appointment.