Good dental hygiene helps with that perfect smile. The key to that smile is through the basics, such as flossing, brushing, and rinsing. Also, a good diet will help make sure that your teeth stay free of cavities. Good dental hygiene usually means commitment, while partnering with your dentist to get your teeth cleaned and checked regularly.
Brushing is the first step to perfect dental hygiene. Most dentists and oral hygiene professionals recommend using a soft-bristled brush. Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste when brushing and move the brush in small circles that reach the base of the gums. You should brush for about 2-1/2 minutes when brushing. Brushing twice a day will help reduce the likelihood of cavities. Some dentists also recommend a battery-powered brush, which works much like the brush dentists use in the office.
Flossing is important because it lets you reach into those places where your brush can’t go. Most dentists recommend using a waxed floss. When flossing, tear off a small piece of floss that is approximately 3-4 inches. Floss between teach tooth and pull the floss down to the gum. Flossing gently lets you remove small pieces of food that may become lodged between your teeth.
Rinsing is one of the most important daily hygiene practices. You should use about one ounce of rinsing solution twice per day to help kill the bacteria that can cause cavities. Most rinsing solutions have a fluoride ingredient that also help strengthen the enamel of your teeth. There are rinsing solutions out there that don’t have alcohol, reducing the burning sensation that comes with rinsing.
A good diet can also help with dental health. Fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet. Apples and carrots have enzymes that can help with tooth whiteness. Also, dairy foods contain calcium and can help strengthen your teeth.
Avoiding soda and other “sweet” drinks will go a long way towards reducing cavities. Avoiding soda is important because of the phosphoric acid found in these beverages. Phosphoric acid can eat away at your tooth enamel and promote cavities.
When dieting, consider the foods that may stick to your teeth or get stuck between them. Certain meats may become stuck between your teeth after a meal, while certain foods can stick to the front of your teeth.
(5) Regular Dental Visits
Make sure that you are going to your regular dental checkups and cleanings. Most dentists recommend a cleaning once every six months. During your cleanings, your dental hygienist will do a quick brushing that polishes your teeth. Your dentist will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth that have built up since your last visit.
Also, research each dental treatment if you need to have a cavity filled and follow your dentist’s advice for the procedure. While a certain type of filing may prove more affordable, your dentist may make a recommendation for another type of procedure, which will make sure that your teeth last.
Why good dental hygiene?
Dental hygiene goes a long ways towards keeping a healthy smile. The overall benefits of dental hygiene include:
• To maintain good oral health, maintaining your healthy smile.
• To prevent gum disease, which can lead to other dental problems.
• To fix dental problems early and possibly prevent them.
• To prevent bad breath, which is also known as halitosis.
You only get one set of adult teeth to last your entire life. Taking care of your teeth daily will help make your smile last longer. Of course, so will regular dental visits! Call us today to make an appointment, or click here to request an appointment online.