Dental Hygiene

Dental Home Care
Dental treatment at Yolonda Cruz Dentistry in Toronto will not be effective unless you follow it up with proper home care and dental hygiene. Brush and floss twice a day and after meals, if possible.

Flossing
Wind the floss around both of your index fingers and gently slide it between each of your teeth.. Make sure to freely move the floss upwards, downwards and even sideways to remove any food particles or plaque that may be lodged between your teeth or under the gums.

Brushing
Over the years, electric toothbrushes have gained  popularity. Whether you use an electric or manual brush, you should hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to your teeth. Gently but thoroughly rotate the bristles across your teeth and under your gums with a backward and forward motion. Be sure to also get the top surfaces of your teeth where you bite or chew on food, and the inside surfaces of your teeth. Lastly, your tongue can also be cleaned with your toothbrush, which will help reduce bad breath.

It is important to use fluoride toothpaste when brushing. Fluoride helps strengthen the tooth enamel, which will prevent cavities and also reduce bacteria in the mouth. Flouride can also help reverse the formation of smaller cavities.

Lastly, antibacterial rinses can also help reduce bacteria in the mouth. Please call us at Dr. Yolonda Cruz Dentistry in Toronto if you have any additional questions about dental hygiene.