How does a dentist take care of their teeth at home?
People often ask me what I do at home to take care of my teeth? What is my routine? Well, lets take a moment to break it down.
- I brush my teeth twice daily with an electric toothbrush. It must have a two minute timer and a pressure sensor that tells me if I am using it too aggressively.
- I’ve used Sonicare and Oral B.
- If used correctly, they both show to statistically improve your oral health.
- I also have the advantage of being a dentist, so it is easy for me to brush my teeth after lunch.
- I floss every night before bed.
- Picks and threaders can be a nice adjunct, but nothing works with the same precision as traditional floss.
- Same as a Waterpik. It is helpful removing food, but it doesn’t work as well microscopically.
- I sporadically use mouth wash while at work.
- Fluoride in the mouth rinse can be beneficial, but again this works as an adjunct and not the primary tool.
Obviously there is a lot of variation and different tools depending on your oral health situation. If you stick to these basics, you are off to a great start!
Dr. Brown and Dr. Gettings