McKnight Signature Dental
Boutique-Style Dentistry in Leawood, KS

How should I care for my teeth at home?

Daily dental home care consists of 2 responsibilities, brushing and flossing. We ask you to brush twice a day, after breakfast and before bed. For those wearing braces we recommend you brush after lunch as well. Believe it or not, there are right and wrong brushing techniques. In order to properly clean your teeth, tilt the head of your brush 45 degrees towards your gums. In a fluid motion pull the brush back and forth while lifting the toothbrush up and down. Make sure you are using a soft toothbrush. If you need a demonstration, ask your hygienist at your next cleaning appointment. Flossing should occur at least once a day. If food commonly gets stuck, pick up the floss more than once daily. There are other dental aids that keep your teeth clean such as proxy brushes and waterpiks. Ask your hygienist what routine is best for you.