Improve your Dental Routine

You may think that your dental routine is pretty good, comparatively. Maybe you have an impeccable dental routine or maybe you simply brush teeth and leave it at that. Maybe you brush twice a day, floss and use mouthwash almost every night—what more can you do? For most of us, there is always room for improvement. Not only can improving your dental routine do wonders for dental health, it can affect the health of your entire body. That is why it’s important to take care of your smile.

Here are three basic tips to help your dental routine:

Use the right tools and proper technique

Considering that you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, invest in a good-quality toothbrush. Pick a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth. This will remove the food and plaque without damaging your gums. Manual toothbrushes are functional, however electric toothbrushes have the advantage. Using an electric toothbrush can reduce plaque and mild forms of gum disease (gingivitis) more efficiently than a manual toothbrush.

The correct brushing technique is to place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward your gum line and then gently move the bristles in a circular motion. Make sure you’re brushing the outer, inner, and biting surfaces, as well as the roof of your mouth and your tongue. Brushing your tongue is an important part of your oral health regimen. The gums and tongue are the perfect places for bacteria to reside. By taking just a few extra seconds to brush your tongue, you reduce the amount of unwanted bacteria and plaque in your mouth. Brush for at least two minutes.

Everything has an expiration date, including your toothbrush. As time passes, all the food particles and plaque you’ve managed to brush from your teeth starts to accumulate on your toothbrush. If you don’t replace your toothbrush often, you risk transferring that bacterium back into your mouth. Additionally, the bristles weaken with use, reducing their effectiveness at removing debris from your teeth. You should switch out your toothbrush once you notice the bristles start to fray, or after an illness. This is typically 3 to 4 times a year.

Choose the right toothpaste.

There are many different types of toothpaste options available. Tartar control, Fluoride, Sensitive, and Whitening are just a few of the list to choose from. This makes it difficult to know which one is right for you. When it comes to choosing the best option, it's important to make the right choice. Ask your dental care provider which one is specific to your unique oral health needs.

After brushing, don’t rinse. Toothpaste is not just tooth soap. It can contain elements that strengthen your enamel, reduce sensitivity, prevent bacterial buildup, and so on. When you rinse your mouth after brushing, you’re washing all of those elements away and. When you’ve finished brushing, spit out the excess, but leave the residue on your teeth to give it time to do its job properly.

Don’t just brush...floss!

Flossing removes food particles and sticky plaque buildup from teeth. Plaque generates acid, which can cause cavities, irritate the gums, and lead to gum disease. The correct way to floss is to use a long strand, about 12 to 18 inches long. Wrap the ends around your index and middle fingers. Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a C shape, and move the floss up and down against the side of each tooth directing pressure to the back of the contact, then to the front.

A Water Pik can also be a preferable option to clean away harmful plaque and food debris from your gum-line and in between your teeth. Whichever option you choose will get in between the teeth where toothbrush bristles cannot reach.

Also, be consistent.

A consistent routine combined with regular dental checkups can make all the difference in a healthy smile. It is also said that a "Professional dental cleaning by a hygienist can remove mineralized plaque that may develop even with careful brushing and flossing, particularly in areas that are difficult to reach. It is recommended you go in for a cleaning once every six months." (Dentistry of Orlando) Call today to setup your appointment with our Spokane Dental Office and start the consistency!

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