Also referred to as dental hygiene, proper oral hygiene is important for both oral and overall health. Dental hygiene keeps teeth clean, healthy and improves your smile. It also prevents bad breath and gum disease. In fact, it is the first step towards prevention of cavities and tooth loss.
Below are some of the things you can do to ensure that your teeth remain clean and healthy for a long time.
Brushing your teeth twice daily using a soft or medium bristle brush and fluoride-based toothpaste is invaluable. Doing it after meals removes most of the food particles on or between your teeth and prevents plaque.
Flossing once a day is also an important part of oral hygiene and enables you get to the hard to reach parts of the teeth.
Routine Dental Cleaning
Brushing and flossing keeps most of the plaque at bay for months. However, visiting a dentist at least once a year for a professional dental cleaning session is just as important. It will enable the dentist to remove any plaque build-up.
Firstly, over time, plaque build-up can form tartar; which can only be professionally removed by a professional dental cleaning.
A professional cleaning also promotes oral hygiene and helps prevent or eliminate halitosis (bad breath).
Ideally, everyone should go for a routine dental examination after every six months. During the visits, the dentist will examine your oral health and perform a dental cleaning. Apart from promoting oral hygiene, a routine visit to the dentist is important because the dentist can be able to detect any problems in the early stages. Early treatment or prevention is often easier and cheaper.
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Brushing and flossing is extremely critical to preserving your wonderful smile.
Here are some tips for brushing and flossing:
- Brush! – Use a soft to medium bristle tooth brush.
- If possible, use an electric toothbrush.
- Brush at a 45 degree angle.
- Watch yourself in the mirror to be sure you get all your teeth.
- Floss regularly – the best time is every night before bed.
- Use waxed floss in 18 inch strings.
- Slide deeply between teeth and bring the floss all the way into your gums.
- Make sure to use a C shaped motion against the tooth!
- Rise afterward – when finished, rinse vigorously!
Be sure to notice if your teeth are unusually sensitive to hot or cold products. This may be a harbinger of something to come. Check with the American Dental Association for different tips, and remember to have a cleaning every 6 months. We’re here to help you! Contact us today with any questions you have about your dental hygiene!