Great Choices for your Oral Health – Key Tips: Scottsdale Dentist

We all want to make the best choices to keep ourselves looking young and feeling our best. There are excellent choices you can make today for your oral health that will keep your smile looking its best and lasting the test of time with consistency. This blog will go over key tips to making great choices for your oral health.

Brush your teeth at least twice daily.

Brushing your teeth is essential for maintaining good oral health. Morning and evening brushing are the most recommended times for brushing. Brushing after meals or sugary drinks ensures that your teeth have less exposure to bacteria, food, and sugar!

Drink through a straw.

Drinking any beverage through a straw helps avoid the surfaces of your teeth. Avoiding your teeth with certain drinks helps prevent sugar from coating and degrading your smile. Doing this also lowers the likelihood of staining your teeth with coffee, wine, and juices.


Flossing is the best way to ensure a full-mouth clean after brushing. Flossing reaches between your teeth and removes trapped food, plaque, and bacteria that your toothbrush and/or mouthwash cannot reach.

See your dentist.

Scheduling checkups with your dentist will keep your smile in check.

Avoid using your teeth as tools.

Using your teeth as tools for opening lids and other tasks causes damage. With the wrong job, you may chip or fracture your tooth! Take the time to use the right tools for the job, it will save your smile.

Avoid clenching and grinding.

Clenching and grinding cause irreversible damage over time. Clenching may cause teeth to crack, fracture, and chip. Also, your jaw may hurt over time due to the stress. Grinding wears down your teeth over time, actually shortening them! Most people clench and grind in their sleep, so it’s important to talk to your dentist about a night guard to prevent further damage. Read our blog about night guards and more on our blog:

Maintain a good routine!

This is the most important tip for having a healthy smile. With anything, consistency is KEY!

Dental Floss or Water Flosser: Scottsdale Dentist

Dental floss and water flossing are both effective ways to clean the spaces between your teeth that a toothbrush can’t reach. Dental floss is guided by your fingers to reach between teeth and under the gums. Guiding dental floss to make a “C” shape (like a hug) around the sides of your teeth is the best technique for effective cleaning.

A water flosser is a powered flossing device that uses water pressure to clean the spaces between teeth and under the gums. A water flosser has an easy-to-handle head, making it a breeze to use for an effective cleaning.

There are pros and cons to each type of flossing method, but the most important habit to keep would be daily flossing, however you find it easiest.

Dental Floss Pros

  • Can travel anywhere with floss!
  • Inexpensive and convenient to find
  • Different thickness and types for your comfort

Dental Floss Cons

  • May be hard to use effectively
  • May be hard to reach between some teeth in the back of the mouth
  • May “pop” between your teeth

Water Flosser Pros

  • Comes with different speeds for sensitivity
  • Can mix water with mouthwash for a fresh feeling
  • Can work in a specific area for as long as needed – such as a deep pocket

Water Flosser Cons

  • Not as easy to travel with
  • May cause sensitivity in the gums due to water pressure
  • May cause gum recession if improperly used