How to Take Care of Your Teeth at Home

Here at Fort Collins Dental Arts in Fort Collins, we love seeing our patients, many of whom have been coming here for years and are like family. We are a family dentist that offers a variety of dental services, including cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, teeth whitening, and general dentistry services.

While getting your teeth examined and cleaned twice annually is the prudent thing to do to ensure your teeth last a lifetime, it won't stop your teeth from decaying eventually if you don't engage in regular home care.Regular home dental care will protect your teeth from harmful plaque build up, cavities, and gum disease. Below, we'll offer up some easy tips you can do at home to care for your teeth. Contact us today for your next dental exam!


Floss and Brush

This is redundant information for most of you, and it may even be getting old with the number of times you have heard or read this advice, but we are going to say it again because it's that important. You have to regularly brush and floss your teeth if you want them to stay healthy. Fort Collins Dental Arts recommends brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once, preferably before you go to bed. However, if you only brush your teeth once a day, do it before bed as this will go the furthest in preventing cavities. If you are not brushing your teeth on a regular basis, begin now. This is the number one way to prevent tooth loss, gum disease, and other maladies, as well as keep your teeth healthy for the future.

Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods

While limiting sugary and acidic foods is great nutrition advice, it's also great oral health advice as well. Your local dentists recommend you cut the sugar that you eat. Sugar can turn into acid in your mouth that can wear away your teeth's enamel, which is the protective layer of your teeth. Acids also cause cavities. Of course, we are not saying to give up completely the piece of birthday cake that you love, we are just saying to cut back and be mindful of what you are eating. Your teeth and your health will thank you for it.

Stay Hydrated

Another at-home tip you can employ is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Not only is this good for your overall health, but it's also great advice for your teeth. When you drink water, you are flushing down a lot of the food that gets stuck in-between your teeth and removing some of the acid from the foods you just ate. Drinking water also helps with saliva production. Saliva helps in digestion, fights off germs in the mouth, and helps prevent tooth decay.

Invest in a Good Toothpaste

While brushing your teeth alone will help you to prevent a lot of tooth problems down the road, investing in a high-quality toothpaste to go along with your brushing will serve a double-whammy to all the harmful bacteria that reside in your mouth. The American Dental Association recommends that you use a fluoride-based toothpaste. Fluoride has repeatedly been shown to help prevent cavities and help repair tooth enamel. It can help to fight germs and provide a protective barrier for your teeth.


Fort Collins Dental Arts is the best family and general dentistry practice in Fort Collins. We offer a wide variety of dental services to help you care for your teeth, from fillings and crowns to teeth whitening and root canal treatments. Call today to schedule your next dental exam!