Our office is now open with new measures to ensure your safety. Call us today!

How Do I Take Care Of My Smile At Home?

lawson homecareWhen you brush and floss your teeth, you help protect your smile from common oral health issues, such as cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. How do you take care of your smile at home? We’re going to look at the best options for toothbrushes, what to look for in a toothpaste, and how to pick the right mouthwash.

Toothbrushes

Look for a toothbrush with the American Dental Association’s seal-of-approval. We also suggest one with soft bristles, as brushing too rough with hard or medium bristles can lead to patients inadvertently damaging their enamel.

Toothpaste

When purchasing toothpaste, we recommend grabbing one containing fluoride. All over-the-counter pastes should contain fluoride, which helps strengthen teeth against cavities. If you have gum issues, we may suggest Crest Pro Health or Paradontax. If you have sensitive teeth, Sensodyne Pronamel can help reduce sensitivity. For patients we canker sores, Squigle Enamel Saver removes all harsh ingredients. For those with a high risk of cavities, we may suggest a prescription strength fluoride toothpaste.

Mouthwash

Not everyone actually needs mouthwash, but for those with gingivitis we can recommend an antiseptic rinse, like Listerine, which contains a high alcohol content that kills bacteria. Instead of rinsing, we suggest brushing with you’re the mouthwash to avoid stains while also delivering it to your smile.  Zinc rinses, such as TheraBreath and SmartMouth, can improve bad breath and contain no strong odors of alcohol (which can actually make bad breath worse by promoting dry mouth). You can purchase rinses to whiten your teeth, but know that these do little else but remove stains.

Floss

You should be able to reach between your teeth and floss up and down the length of your tooth, removing the food particles that could otherwise promote plaque buildup. You can use a pick, tape, or even a water flosser, just as long as you’re cleaning between your teeth every night before bed.

Do You Have Questions About Homecare?

Dr. Lawson and our team can educate you on better homecare to maintain optimal oral health. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling our sleep dentistry office in Urbandale, IA, at 515-278-4366.

 

 

 

Entrust Your Oral Health To Dr. Jessica Lawson

Recognized across Des Moines for her compassionate, holistic approach and unwavering patient commitment, every treatment performed by Dr. Lawson is guided by over a decade of experience and specialized training.

Uncover the brilliance in your smile.

Schedule an appointment today and discover Urbandale’s premier dental care experience.

Send Us A Message

We’ll respond to your question shortly!

Restorative Dentistry

Specialty Dentistry

Cosmetic Dentistry

Preventive Dentistry

Orthodontics

Children’s Dentistry

Patient Center

About Us

  • Healthy Start Patient Form

  • Sleep Disordered Breathing Questionnaire for Children

    The initial column should be filled out at first appointment. Please identify the following symptoms your child exhibits with the scale indicating severity of symptoms.

    Not Present: 0
    Mild: 1-2
    Moderate: 3
    Pronounced: 4-5
  • Does your child:

  • (If yes, fill out speech questionnaire below)
  • Speech Questionnaire

    To be filled out only if #27 was indicated above
  • Please check all that apply to your child

Send Us A Message

We’ll get back to you with the answers!

Dr. Lawson Profile Picture

Hi Urbandale friend! 😀 Have a question? Leave us a message and we’ll get back to you!