At-Home Oral Healthcare – Wellesley, MA

Caring For Your Teeth Between Visits

Routine preventive care is the key to maintaining optimal oral health for life. While routine dental checkups and cleanings are essential to this equation, you should also be caring for your teeth between visits. This involves understanding basic preventive dental care, oral hygiene products, and proper teeth cleanings techniques. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask during your appointment or give us a call today .

Anatomy of a Tooth

anatomy of the tooth diagram


Closeup of a tube of toothpaste spilling out a swirl of white toothpaste with red and blue stripes

From toothpaste and mouthwash to toothbrushes and dental floss, it's important to choose the right products for your smile. Keep in mind that when you're looking for a new toothpaste or toothbrush, be sure to choose one that has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Your dentist can also help by recommending certain dental products for use at home.

Preventive Dentistry Basics

Closeup of a healthy, beautiful smile thanks to Wellesley Dental Group

Preventive dental care is important throughout your life, no matter your age. By practicing good oral hygiene at home and scheduling regular checkups for preventive dental care with your Wellesley, MA dentist, you can help keep your smile bright and healthy for many years to come. Here are a few simple ways that you can prevent the build-up of plaque and cavities:

  • Eat a balanced diet, and try to avoid extra-sugary treats. Nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese, or fruit can help keep your smile healthy.
  • Remember to schedule regular checkups with your dentist every six months for a professional teeth cleaning.
  • Ask your dentist about dental sealants, protective plastic coatings that can be applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay often starts.
  • If you play sports, be sure to ask your dentist about special mouthguards designed to protect your smile.

If it's been six months since your last dental checkup, then it's time to contact our dental office and schedule your next appointment!

Brushing & Flossing

Woman looking at herself in a mirror while flossing in Wellesley

Do you know how to brush and floss your teeth effectively? Many patients are cleaning their teeth with sub-par methods and don’t even know it. We will be happy to refresh your memory on brushing best practices during any of your appointments, but in the meantime, here is some information to keep in mind:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Use fluoride toothpaste to remove food particles and plaque from the tooth surfaces.
  •  Also be sure to brush the top surface of your tongue; this will remove any extra plaque-causing food particles, and help keep your breath fresh!
  • Clean between your teeth by flossing at least once a day.
  • You can also use a mouthwash to help kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
  • Floss and mouthwash will help remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

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