Dental Hygiene

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Our skilled dental team is led by Dr. Kenneth Schweizer, who has instilled the importance of good dental hygiene as one of the primary basic building blocks of preventive dentistry. Preventive dentistry works on the concept that the majority of dental health issues can be circumvented by taking proper precautions, such as adhering to good oral hygiene practices, seeing your dentist on a regular basis, and being mindful of any changes between visits that might warrant making a special appointment. After all, early detection often results in far less complex and costly treatment.

It’s common for people to skimp on dental hygiene matters as long as their teeth and gums are in good health, but this results in the buildup of harmful plaque and tartar, which can result in tooth decay and gum disease. Here’s what you need to know about following an effective dental hygiene routine from our Sarasota Dentists. 


Although it’s tempting to overlook brushing and flossing if you’re exhausted after a long day at work or running late in the morning, it’s important not to give in to temptation. Here’s how to properly brush your teeth:

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head
  • Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle
  • Use a fluoride toothpaste
  • Pay special attention to your front and back teeth — these are what you chew with
  • Brush for at least two minutes
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue when you’re finished brushing your teeth

After you’re finished brushing your teeth, follow up with a thorough flossing session. For an extra layer of protection, swish your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. Ask your dentist about oral irrigation systems you can use at home if you suspect that your current oral hygiene regime isn’t doing enough to keep plaque and tartar levels to a minimum.

Rinsing your mouth out with clean water during the day after eating and drinking when brushing isn’t possible helps prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. If you enjoy soda or other sugary beverages, consider consuming them through a straw to minimize contact with the surfaces of your teeth and gums. Avoid chewing on ice, hard candy, or non-food items such as pencils. 


Seeing your dentist every six months is another important component of a proactive dental health routine. Your dentist or dental hygienist will perform a professional teeth cleaning designed to remove any plaque buildup that brushing alone doesn’t get. They’ll use a special teeth-cleaning formula for this session that’s a little grittier than the toothpaste you use at home. Your dentist will also thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to check for any emerging issues so they can be treated as quickly as possible.

Please feel free to contact our office today for more information on taking a proactive approach to your dental health or to schedule an appointment with our skilled and experienced dental health care team in Sarasota, FL.