Oral Hygiene

Dentist Serving Encinitas, CA

At Encinitas Dental Art, we believe in the profound connection between oral health and overall wellness. Our comprehensive approach to dental care emphasizes the importance of meticulous oral hygiene practices, not only to preserve your smile but also to support your general health. Here, we understand that maintaining optimal oral hygiene is a crucial step in preventing a range of health issues, including gum disease, which can affect adults of all ages.

The Importance of Oral Hygiene

Gum diseases, such as periodontal disease, are leading causes of tooth loss in adults over 35. However, with diligent oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, you can significantly reduce your risk of periodontal disease and decay. Bacterial plaque, a colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth, is the main culprit behind these conditions. By removing these bacteria through daily oral care, you’re not just protecting your teeth and gums but also contributing to your overall health.

Effective Brushing and Flossing Techniques


  • Use a soft to medium toothbrush.
  • Position your brush at a 45-degree angle where your gums and teeth meet.
  • Move the brush in a circular motion using small, gentle strokes, ensuring to cover all surfaces of your teeth.
  • For the inner surfaces of front teeth, hold the brush vertically and use gentle back-and-forth strokes.


  • Start with about 18 inches of floss, winding most around one middle finger and the rest around the opposite middle finger.
  • Gently guide the floss between your teeth using a back-and-forth motion.
  • Curve the floss into a C-shape against one tooth and gently slide it into the space between the gum and tooth.
  • Use a clean section of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.

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Managing Sensitive Teeth

Post-dental treatment sensitivity is common, but maintaining a clean mouth can mitigate this. If sensitivity persists, we recommend discussing with our team. Specialized toothpastes or mouth rinses for sensitive teeth may be beneficial.

Selecting Oral Hygiene Products

The market is flooded with dental care products, making it challenging to choose. We recommend:

    • Electric toothbrushes for their efficacy.

    • Fluoride toothpastes and mouth rinses to significantly reduce tooth decay.

    • Anti-plaque rinses to help manage early gum disease.

Remember, the right products used in conjunction with regular brushing and flossing can enhance your oral health dramatically.

The Role of Professional Cleanings

While daily brushing and flossing are irreplaceable, professional cleanings at Encinitas Dental Art play a vital role in your oral hygiene routine. These cleanings remove calculus in areas that home brushing and flossing might miss. Regular visits to our office are essential in preventing gum disease and ensuring that you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.

Why Encinitas Dental Art?

Our dedicated team at Encinitas Dental Art is committed to guiding you through your oral health journey. We provide personalized care, tailored to meet your specific needs, ensuring that your oral hygiene practices contribute positively to your overall health. Embracing the oral-systemic health connection, we aim to not only care for your smile but also enhance your general wellbeing.

Ready to Elevate Your Oral Hygiene?

If you’re looking to improve your oral hygiene routine or if it’s time for your next professional cleaning, Encinitas Dental Art is here to support you. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards a healthier smile and a healthier you.

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