We often talk about the importance of a good oral hygiene routine to ensure a happy and healthy mouth, but are we really maintaining a good routine? There are certain details we miss or often take for granted, so while we’re already putting in the time and effort, we might as well make sure we are covering it all.
Today’s market has oodles of toothpaste formulas to choose from. Whether you’re looking for something with a specific taste, whitening agents or to help sensitivity, most of the products available are effective in fighting cavities. Just be sure you choose a toothpaste that contains fluoride because this will help prevent enamel decay.
You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day after meals for about 2 minutes at a time. It’s also important to brush your teeth upon waking in the morning. Even if you’ve brushed your teeth the night before, bad bacteria can grow in your mouth overnight. Follow these techniques for best brushing results:
- The bristles of the toothbrush should be at a 45-degree angle against the gums
- Move the brush back and forth in short strokes
- Make sure to brush the outer, inner and chewing surface of all teeth
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria
Your brushing technique is more important than the type of brush you use, but in some cases a specific type of brush may suit your needs and the shape of your teeth better than another. We’d be happy to talk with you about specific features that may be of personal benefit to you.
“Floss daily!” I’m sure you’ve heard that a time or two. Flossing removes food and plaque from cracks and crevices your tooth brush cannot reach. So work it into a part of your day, preferably after the last meal of the day, where you can consistently take time to do a good job. Proper technique includes:
- Using a floss length of about 18 inches
- Winding the floss around a finger on each hand and hold it tightly between your thumbs and pointing fingers
- Using a gentle rubbing motion slowly moving up and down
- Curving the floss in a c shape around the tooth and gently sliding it between the gum and tooth
Some people like using a mouth rinse in addition to brushing and flossing. Antimicrobial mouth rinses can help reduce risk of gingivitis and fluoride rinses can help prevent decay. But not all rinses are right for every need, so it’s best to talk with us before incorporating a rinse into your daily routine. We can advise on the type of rinse that would be best for you.
Good oral hygiene contributes to a happy healthy mouth. Taking care of your teeth and gums on a daily basis will make a huge impact on your oral health. In addition, schedule a professional cleaning and check-up twice a year. At these appointments, our hygienists can instruct you on your brushing and flossing technique to make sure you are getting the most out of your time. They will also point out any problem areas that may require extra attention. Together we can keep your mouth at it’s best.
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