Brushing and flossing might seem like simple tasks, but not everyone gets them right. Proper brushing and flossing techniques can help you safeguard your oral health and avoid decay, gum disease, and even dental emergencies. Below, we have compiled five useful tips to implement in your daily life for continued oral health.
Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to thoroughly clean your teeth for at least two minutes, twice every day. An ideal time to brush your teeth is after breakfast and right before bedtime. You can brush more than twice daily, but two times is the minimum. Remember to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use gentle but firm movements. Rough brushing can erode your tooth enamel and hurt your gums.
When flossing, take care not to hurt your soft tissues. Cut a piece of floss approximately 18 inches long and then tie the ends around each hand’s middle finger until the hands are about 3 inches apart. Use this piece of floss to remove any food debris that may be stuck between your teeth.
For maximum effectiveness, get a new toothbrush every four months. Frayed bristles are an indicator that you need a new toothbrush. Remember, you should clean your toothbrush after each use to prevent the accumulation of dirt and bacteria.
Some habits encourage bacterial activity in the oral cavity, resulting in a higher risk for tooth decay and periodontal disease. Such practices include excessive sugar intake, snacking in between meals, and not drinking enough water. If you avoid these habits, you increase your chances of having healthy, beautiful teeth.
At Belknap Dental Associates, we encourage our patients to prioritize preventive dental care in the form of dental exams and cleanings. Professional dental cleanings are crucial in sealing the loopholes left behind by at-home dental hygiene. Even with proper brushing and flossing, it’s possible to miss some spots and make yourself vulnerable to cavities. Scheduling regular exams and cleanings with our dentists ensure maximum protection.
Most people tend to focus on the teeth while forgetting that the oral cavity comprises several parts. Remember to brush your gums and tongue gently and the roof of the mouth too. This way, you can remove harmful bacteria that are responsible for the cavity-causing plaque and tartar.
For more tips and personalized dental care, reach out to Belknap Dental Associates today.