Obtaining and keeping a healthy smile is mainly dependent on what happens between your visits with our office. Good home care habits require only a few minutes every day and they can be established by anyone. Like regular exercise, consistency and routine is the best way to achieve optimal oral health. Brushing twice daily for at least two minutes and flossing once daily are all it takes to have ideal home care.
With so many products on the market today, it can be confusing to sort it out alone. At Bagley Family Dental, our hygienist and you can discuss which options will work best for you and form a personalized plan with the hygiene tools that fit you and your dental needs. Will an electric toothbrush like a Sonicare or Oral B help you keep your mouth in better shape between professional visits? If so, which type is best for you? Would a prescription mouthwash help reduce plaque levels based on your unique chemistry? Would a prescription toothpaste help prevent cavities in your mouth? We will discuss many factors and create a plan to maximize the results from the time and effort you put into keeping your smile healthy.
Some patients that are considered high-risk for dental problems benefit from even more individualized recommendations in order to achieve desired results. Simple, inexpensive products and materials can transform the environment of your mouth and dramatically improve results by reducing disease activity. For example, Xylitol is a naturally-derived sweetener that can decrease cavities in children and adults when used in the right dosages.