Brush and Floss at Least Twice Per Day
Although it’s tempting to overlook brushing and flossing if you’re exhausted after a long day at work or running late in the morning, it’s important not to give in to temptation. Here’s how to properly brush your teeth:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small head
- Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle
- Use a fluoride toothpaste
- Pay special attention to your front and back teeth — these are what you chew with
- Brush for at least two minutes
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue when you’re finished brushing your teeth
After you’re finished brushing your teeth, follow up with a thorough flossing session. For an extra layer of protection, swish your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash. Ask your dentist about oral irrigation systems you can use at home if you suspect that your current oral hygiene regime isn’t doing enough to keep plaque and tartar levels to a minimum.
Rinsing your mouth out with clean water during the day after eating and drinking when brushing isn’t possible helps prevent the buildup of plaque and tartar. If you enjoy soda or other sugary beverages, consider consuming them through a straw to minimize contact with the surfaces of your teeth and gums. Avoid chewing on ice, hard candy, or non-food items such as pencils.
See Your Dentist Every Six Months
Seeing your dentist every six months is another important component of a proactive dental health routine. Your dentist or dental hygienist will perform a professional teeth cleaning designed to remove any plaque buildup that brushing alone doesn’t get. They’ll use a special teeth-cleaning formula for this session that’s a little grittier than the toothpaste you use at home. Your dentist will also thoroughly examine your teeth and gums to check for any emerging issues so they can be treated as quickly as possible.
Please feel free to contact our office today for more information on taking a proactive approach to your dental health or to schedule an appointment with our skilled and experienced dental health care team in Sarasota, FL.