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Simple Tips for Better Dental Hygiene

Simple Tips for Better Dental Hygiene


The Leesburg Family Smiles dental team has been providing our Leesburg VA and Northern Virginia patients with the highest quality dental care since 1973. Led by Dr. Amanda Brown, Walter Collazo, and Kelly Lincoln, our expert dental care team is confident that we can provide you and your family with the utmost satisfaction in your oral care and hygienic services. We bring an unwavering dedication to your satisfaction that will leave you feeling comfortable, happy, and completely at ease in our warm and friendly office environment. 

The Leesburg Family Smiles team emphasizes a holistic approach to our patients’ dental needs and priorities. It is vital to us that all of our patients are completely free of oral pain and discomfort. Most importantly, we make sure that we provide each and every patient of ours with the knowledge to establish excellent dental habits. To that end, our team has put together a list of essential oral care tips that will help you maintain a healthy smile and beautiful teeth for a lifetime. 

Use a Tongue Scraper

Although most people usually first think of teeth when it comes to their oral hygiene, it’s also important to remember that harmful bacteria can develop on your tongue and compromise your dental health. That is why regularly cleaning your tongue is vital to maintaining the best oral hygiene. Oral bacteria can also cause bad breath if you’re not careful. Most modern toothbrushes usually come with rubberized scraper heads that you can use to safely and thoroughly clean your tongue and get rid of unwanted bacteria. Make sure to check your toothbrush on the opposite side of the bristles — if you see grooves and bumps on it, then it has been designed for tongue cleaning. To most efficiently clean your tongue with a tongue scraper, brush your tongue gently after cleaning your teeth to remove bacteria and provide fresher


Use a Mouthwash Regularly

There’s no denying that regular and thorough brushing your teeth with a toothbrush is absolutely essential for maintaining healthy teeth and gums. However, brushing alone won’t target every area of your mouth. Flossing is one solution to target areas between teeth and around gums, and using a good quality mouthwash is another. An antibacterial solution from brands such as Listerine and Colgate can be used daily to fight bacteria and keep your mouth feeling and smelling fresh. It’s important to make sure that you are properly using your mouthwash. Be sure to gargle after you swish, so that you can remove bacteria from the back of your mouth and top of your throat. Another point to keep in mind is to not rinse after using mouthwash, as this will make your daily oral cleaning less effective. Above all, make sure to use a mouthwash that’s right for you. Antibacterial mouthwash can fight bad breath and help prevent gum disease, while cosmetic mouthwash is typically designed to whiten teeth and freshen breath. Washing once a day with mouthwash is enough for most people. Always be sure to swish and gargle for 60 seconds.

Contact Leesburg Family Smiles

The Leesburg Family Smiles dental team is confident that the tips laid out for you in this article reflect the quality of dental care service we provide every single one of our clients. We firmly believe that the individual needs of each of our clients are unique and require excellent, personalized treatment. Our team takes pride in watching your dental health improve, and we are sure that our practice can provide you with the quality of dental service that you deserve. Contact us today to schedule your appointment with the Leesburg Family Smiles dental team, and let us make the dental difference in your life that you’ve been waiting for.