Many dental patients wonder why, with all the advances in dentistry, we still send you home with a complimentary toothbrush and roll of floss. We at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL can tell you that there is no substitute for the classic toothbrush and floss.
The Most Important Tools to Keep Your Smile Healthy
It’s true, they do seem a little old-fashioned in our high-tech world, but don’t let their simple design fool you. These tools are the best way to prevent decay, plaque build-up, and gum disease for dental patients!
Brush and Floss Every Day
When done properly and consistently, brushing and flossing are a key part of everyday oral hygiene.
Brushing, which should be done at least twice a day, can be done effectively with any type of toothbrush. There is no need to pay a bundle for a fancy electric toothbrush. Just brush your teeth in small, circular motions for 2-3 minutes making sure to reach all the surfaces..
Flossing should be done once a day and is vital for reaching the areas where a toothbrush cannot. As we eat, fragments of food get caught between our teeth. If it’s not cleaned off, it allows bacteria to thrive. The bacteria and film create plaque which hurts both teeth and gums. Flossing daily removes bits of food before they turn into plaque
Our comprehensive staff loves sending our patients away with a new toothbrush and floss, but we also find it rewarding to see our patients gain renewed confidence with a smile makeover. We at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL can help you with any of your dental health questions. We serve patients from North Athens, East Mooresville, and South Cullman and also perform family dentistry, emergency services, and restorations.