When you’re on the road to establishing a standard of life-long oral health, consistent oral hygiene is the place to start. Everyone tries to be consistent in their oral routine, but more than consistency is needed. You must also ensure you’re brushing your teeth correctly and for sufficient time. Instead, we’re often rushing out the door to work or school or trying to get to bed, so we get enough sleep. Our oral health suffers each time we fail to be thorough and patient with our oral hygiene routine.
A Complete Guide To Routine Dental Care
If you’re keeping up with brushing your teeth regularly, it’s a shame if it isn’t done right. Proper brushing ensures that your toothbrush successfully eliminates the bacteria and plaque that cause tooth decay. Brushing your teeth involves more than a bit of time running the bristles over your teeth. You need to select the right toothbrush, use fluoride-enriched toothpaste, and hold your brush at the right angle to get the best impact from your efforts.
Ensure your brushing routine is practical by following these steps:
- Brush your teeth at least twice daily, starting early in the morning.
- Finish your daily brushing routine with a second brushing before bed.
- When brushing, maintain a 45-degree angle. This allows the bristles to get under your gumline and eliminate bacteria there.
- Be thorough with your coverage, ensuring you hit all exposed surfaces of your teeth.
You can effectively control halitosis (bad breath) by brushing your cheeks, tongue, and the roof of your mouth as part of your routine.
The next step in a consistent and thorough brushing routine is flossing. Flossing gets into places your toothbrush can’t to ensure that hidden plaque, tartar, and food debris are removed. While the most common floss form is a simple string on a spool, other options are available. For instance, there is floss that comes pre-loaded on a special tool that holds it taut. This is an excellent option for younger children or adults struggling to maintain the necessary tension.
- Keep the floss tight against your tooth when flossing. This helps the floss get into your tooth’s corners, curves, and uneven surfaces.
- Flossing should be painless and should not cause your gums to bleed.
- Ensure you get between each individual tooth to get the best results.
If your gums bleed when you’re flossing, check with your dentist. However, do not stop your flossing routine unless they instruct you to do so. Bleeding gums are often the result of gum disease, and staying on top of your oral hygiene routine will help eliminate this symptom.
Contact 3D Dentistry For More Oral Hygiene Tips And Tricks
If you’re ready to take your oral hygiene game to the next level, it’s time to reach out to 3D Dentistry. You can call us at (941) 253-2300 to schedule your first appointment at our location in Bradenton, FL. During your visit, you’ll meet our staff and receive a thorough dental exam. Following the exam, our dental team will work with you to develop an effective treatment plan to address your oral health concerns. Further, they’ll take steps to educate you on getting great results from your oral hygiene routine.