How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy and Strong

Good oral hygiene is essential for keeping your teeth and gums healthy and strong. If you don’t clean your teeth properly, you risk developing cavities, gum disease, and other problems. At Houlik Family Dentistry, Dr. Joseph Houlik and Dr. Lily A. Wakim are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. At Wichita family dentist, we understand the importance of regular preventive care and we are here to provide you with the best tips for keeping your teeth healthy and strong.   



First, brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing helps to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth, which helps to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth and gums gently. Be sure to brush for at least two minutes and reach all surfaces of each tooth.

When choosing the right toothpaste for your oral care, there are many factors to consider. For example:

  • Look for a toothpaste that is compatible with your oral health needs. You may need a fluoride-based toothpaste if you are prone to cavities or a whitening toothpaste if you’d like to brighten your teeth.
  • Consider the ingredients in the toothpaste; some products may contain abrasive ingredients that can be irritating to sensitive gums and teeth.

By taking the time to consider your oral health needs and the toothpaste ingredients, you can be sure to find a product that will work best for you and your oral health.



Second, floss every day. Flossing is an important part of oral hygiene as it removes plaque and food particles from between your teeth and along the gum line. Flossing also helps to stimulate your gums and can help reduce the risk of gum disease. 

To floss properly, take about 18 inches of dental floss, and wrap it around your middle fingers, leaving a few inches of floss between your hands. Gently guide the floss between your teeth, using a back-and-forth motion to remove plaque. Take care not to snap the floss against your gums. When you reach the gum line, curve the floss around each tooth in a C shape and gently slide it up and down each tooth’s side. After you floss each tooth, use a fresh section of floss for the next tooth. Finally, rinse your mouth with water and brush your teeth to remove any lingering plaque.



Third, use an antibacterial mouthwash. Antibacterials can help reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Antibacterial mouthwash helps to reduce the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth. Be sure to use alcohol-free mouthwash, as alcohol can dry out your mouth and make it more prone to infection.

To start, you should choose a mouthwash suitable for your specific needs, such as a mouthwash designed to fight bad breath or one that can help prevent cavities. It would be best to rinse your mouth with water before using the mouthwash for about 30 seconds. After that, you should swish the mouthwash around your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting it out. It is important not to swallow the mouthwash, as it can be harmful if ingested. Finally, we recommend mouthwash at least twice daily for optimal results.

Fourth, visit your dentist regularly. During regular checkups, Dr. Houlik or Dr. Wakim will check for cavities, gum disease, or other oral health problems. Regular dental visits are essential for maintaining good oral hygiene and catching any potential problems early.  


Wichita Family Dentist

At Houlik Family Dentistry in Wichita, KS, Dr. Joseph Houlik and Dr. Lily A. Wakim are dedicated to helping you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile. We provide a full range of preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services and are committed to providing quality care in a comfortable environment. Whether you need a routine cleaning, a filling, or a more complex procedure, the team at Houlik Wichita Family Dentist is here to help.

Following these tips, you can keep your teeth healthy and strong and enjoy a beautiful, healthy smile for years. Visit Houlik Family Dentistry in Wichita, KS, today for all your oral health needs.

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