It’s a Family Affair: Dental Maintenance Routines

A smile is the first thing people notice about you, so take care of your teeth and gums. Not getting regular oral exams and teeth cleanings can negatively impact other areas of your body and cause serious illnesses such as heart problems. Family dentist, Dr. Rita Medwid, offers advice to you and your family to make sure you have bright beautiful smiles.


  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Make sure to get all the teeth, front and back
  • Use a soft bristle brush
  • Apply a dime-sized amount of toothpaste
  • Buy a toothpaste with fluoride
  • Brush your tongue also
  • Let your tooth brush air-dry


  • Use a twelve inch strip of floss or a floss implement and go between each tooth
  • The floss should go from the tooth to the gum line
  • Start with the lower teeth and then move to the upper teeth
  • Make sure to curve the floss around the tooth
  • Hold the floss between your thumb and index finger
  • Adjust the string as you move from tooth to tooth
  • Do not go so close to the gum that you cut into the gum and cause bleeding
  • Floss once a day or as needed for stubborn stuck food particles


  • Use a rinse that contains fluoride
  • A rinse containing cholrhexidine can prevent gum and mouth infections and fight germs (this type of mouthwash will require a doctor or dentist prescription)
  • Rinse as desired
  • Do not swallow the mouth wash rinse

Regular Visits to the Dentist

  • Find a family dentist
  • Go twice a year for cleaning and an examination
  • Make your family dentist aware of any pains, loose teeth, difficulty in swallowing, bad breath issues, or gum tenderness

At Stuart Dental Spa, a premier dental practice in Stuart, Florida, Dr. Rita Medwid can help you with all of your family dentistry needs and concerns. Follow these tips for comprehensive oral health maintenance. Make sure your family and you take care of your pearly whites.

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