Home Care

Dental Home Care for Falls Church

Robert A. Morabito, DDS wants to help patients achieve attractive, healthy smiles with the durability and resilience to match.

father and son brushing teethJust as important as the care you receive from Dr. Morabito is your at-home routine. Done consistently and appropriately, daily habits like brushing and flossing, supported by a balanced diet full of essential nutrients, are highly effective means to prevent the plaque accumulation that causes gum disease and dental decay. 

How To Properly Brush Your Teeth

Our practice recommends patients brush their teeth at least twice daily, ideally, brushing after every meal, including after snacks. This helps dislodge food particles that can contribute to tooth decay or plaque build-up and preserves your long-term dental health. 

The following steps can help you get the most out of your daily brushing:

  1. With the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, use a small, circular motion to gently brush your teeth. Make sure you always feel the brush’s bristles on your gums.
  2. Brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of each tooth. 
  3. Brush your tongue to remove bacteria, freshening your breath. 

Dr. Morabito works with patients to determine their best brushing options, whether a traditional, ADA-approved soft bristle brush or a power, yet simple-to-use electric toothbrush.

The Correct Flossing Technique

Daily flossing keeps the spaces between teeth and at the gum line noticeably cleaner and healthier. These hard-to-reach areas are often missed by brushing alone, opening the door for periodontal disease to develop. Adding flossing to your hygienic routine allows you to comprehensively care for your smile.
Consider the following to attain optimal results from your flossing routine

  1. Wrap 12-16 inches of dental floss around your middle fingers, leaving about two inches of floss between the hands.
  2. Gently guide the floss with your thumbs and forefingers between the teeth.
  3. Curve the floss around each tooth, making a “C” shape. Move the floss up and down, cleaning the side of each tooth.

Important: Take care not to be too rough as you do this. 

Remember To Rinse Your Mouth Out Afterwards

Bad breath, tooth decay, and plaque development can all result from a dry mouth. This is why it is important to rinse your mouth with water after brushing. Even if you are unable to brush after a meal, rinsing can loosen some lingering food particles as well as maintain a hydrated oral environment.

Not all over-the-counter rinses are appropriate for all patients. Consult with Dr. Morabito to see if the rinsing product you’re using is right for you. We can also recommend other solutions for efficient, productive home care, including interdental brushes, rubber tip stimulators, tongue cleaners, irrigation devices, fluoride or medicated rinses, and more.  

Call Today And Schedule Your Next Cleaning

To find out more about how proper home care can help you attain a vibrant, long-lasting smile, schedule a consultation with Robert A. Morabito, DDS today! 


Read what people are saying about us.

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Dr. Morabito and your wonderful staff - Thank you so much for your kind, welcoming, and kid-friendly attention you gave me and my sons when we came in for the Harrison's 1st dental checkup. Thanks again and keep up the good work.

The Harrisons

Dr. Morabito is an awesome dentist, a great personality with the hift of humor, he is personable, and amazingly manages to choose the very best people to work for him. They are all excellent and most of all - caring and genuine. And with my dental problems, believe me I have had my share of being treated like a "number." I recently flew back to Falls Church from Kansas City to have him do my implants, because I don't trust anyone else.

Lynn S.

Dr. Morabito is a rare man: intellectual, very professional, very sensitive and practical to his patients. HIS STAFF: ADIMINISTRATION, DENTAL HYGENISTS, DENTAL ASSISTANTS , entertainment, and a charitable character are exceptionally capable, as he demands. If his practice were a fine hotel, his ZAGAT rating would be the highest. Dr. Morabito is an exceptional man! His professional associations keep him in the forefront of the latest methods and technology. He is excellent with the fearful and anxious patients and makes them feel confident. He is great in all the technical aspects of dentistry. He makes thousands of patients look better and feel great about themselves. You can feel secure in knowing that Dr. Morabito is the only dentist you will need, and he is affordable with a variety of financial plans. All aspects are well explained. If you want a great dentist, see Dr. Morabito and his charming and professional staff that will make you comfortable like family.

Michael C.

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