Having a great dentist on hand means that no matter what issues arise, you know that you are covered. At Summit Family Dentistry in Denver, North Carolina, we are here to help take great care of you. Experiencing a toothache? Gums started bleeding seemingly out of nowhere? Just need to come in for a routine checkup? No matter what the situation is, our team will go above and beyond to make sure you get the help you need.

As a matter of fact, we have been adding to our team lately. Click here to check out the newest additions to our staff because these are the people who are going to be taking great care of you and they are looking forward to meeting you!

If you haven’t been in to see us yet, take a look at our office and read up a little bit on what makes us different than others in our profession (spoiler alert: one of the best things is that we offer nice televisions and Netflix in each operatory). We are happy to be able to provide quality dental care and make the needs of our patients the cornerstone of our business. Now that we’ve covered what to do in a specific situation like the ones mentioned above, we’d like to go over the everyday stuff.

What Should You Be Doing on a Daily Basis?

Today’s blog is all about how to take great care of your mouth on a regular basis. You probably already know the basics–brush a couple of times, don’t forget to floss, no sugar before bed–but we would like to delve just a bit deeper in order to make sure that you have a full understanding of how to approach the day to day requirements for having a great set of teeth and a happy, healthy smile.

How Often Should You Brush?

You’ve probably heard that you should brush your teeth two to three times per day and this is a good general rule, but like many other rules, they aren’t always entirely accurate. Take the example of how much water you should drink. Inevitably it has to vary because different people of different sizes aren’t all going to find that one particular amount of water is ideal.

Similarly, brushing your teeth properly means that you should let your day dictate how often you brush. All it takes is a quick self check of your teeth to know if you need to brush. You don’t have to be obsessive about it or go overboard, but if you notice that you have something stuck between your back teeth, you should consider brushing.

One thing to note is that it’s never a good idea to brush immediately after you eat. Why is that, you ask? Great question. It’s because you could be doing more harm than good to your teeth. You see, the enamel on your teeth softens after you eat and brushing could get rid of the enamel your teeth need to be healthy. Instead, wait until it’s been half an hour since you’ve eaten and then go to town.

The Too Long, Didn’t Read Version- Brush when you feel that you need it or at least twice a day. But you really should go back and read what we had to say. You only get one (well, two) set of teeth, you know!

How Often Should You Floss?

This is also up for a bit of debate, but generally speaking, you ought to floss at least once a day. Just like with brushing, if you have something between your teeth, take the opportunity to break out the floss and get it taken care of. Not only will you feel better, but you will also be doing your teeth a world of good.

We highly recommend keeping a package of floss at your desk during work or in your car. That way it’s always there when you need it.

How Often Should You Use Mouthwash?

Once again, there are no hard and fast rules on how often you should use mouthwash. Our rule of thumb is to make sure that you do it before you head out the door in the morning at the very least, but it certainly doesn’t hurt to do it more often than that. As a matter of fact, if you prefer, you could use mouthwash a half dozen times a day. Is that overkill? Probably so, but the end result is always a nice and minty fresh breath. That is the goal after all, isn’t it?

Schedule an Appointment Today!

At Summit Family Dentistry, we believe in doing whatever is best for our patient, and as we mentioned above, different people often require different types of treatment. That means that what makes sense for you might not quite make sense for someone else. Wondering what the best way to be sure that you’re doing everything just right in order to ensure optimal dental health? Stop in and see our dentist, of course!

No matter what your reason for seeing us is, you can count on the team at Summit Family Dentistry to provide you with high quality service that’s focused around your best interests. It really is as simple as that. Feel free to contact us online to schedule an appointment for you and your family or give us a call at 980-201-8699. We look forward to hearing from you!