We all know the importance of proper oral hygiene, but did you know most Americans aren’t caring for the teeth and gums properly? Despite the best intentions, many don’t realize that they are skipping over crucial aspects when performing their daily oral hygiene routine. As a result, you’re leaving a door open to hurt your oral health. Simple mistakes throughout the years will have a lasting impact on your oral health and smile. Don’t place your oral health at risk. We have the tips and preventative dentistry you need to ensure your teeth last a lifetime.
Properly Brush Your Teeth
You’ve probably heard that you’re supposed to brush your teeth twice a day, but are you brushing for 2 minutes each time? You need to spend 2 minutes brushing your teeth while holding your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Be sure to brush all of the surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue and cheeks, using a fluoride toothpaste.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Too many people underestimate the importance of flossing the teeth at least once a day. Flossing removes the food and bacteria that brushing can’t remove. You should use about 18 inches of dental floss that’s placed in between each tooth in the shape of a “C”. Floss all the way down to the gum line and in between each tooth, even in the back.
Mouthwash helps kill bacteria in the mouth that isn’t removed with brushing and flossing. Use mouthwash after you’ve brushed and flossed. Be sure to swish it around for 30 to 40 seconds to give the teeth and gums a good cleaning.
Clean Your Tongue
The tongue is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria and a leading cause of bad breath. Use your toothbrush to clean the tongue using a circular motion. You can also use floss to gently scrape the tongue.
Visit Your Dentist
You need to have a dental checkup at least every 6 months. Your dental checkup is an important aspect of preventative care. We will clean the teeth to remove any plaque and tarter accumulation that wasn’t removed with brushing and flossing. We will also check the mouth for any areas of concern to provide the proper intervention. We also offer preventative services, such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants to stop damage before it starts.
While you need to visit the dentist every 6 months, there are times you may need to come in sooner. For example, if your gums begin bleeding while brushing or flossing, that’s a sign of gum disease and you need care. If your teeth become sensitive or you notice something that just isn’t right, schedule an appointment right away.
Distinctive Smiles of Dublin is committed to helping you protect your smile to ensure your teeth last a lifetime. We offer the preventative care you need to stop damage before it starts. However, if damage should occur, we have the restorative treatments necessary to fix the damage for a long-lasting smile. Add us to your oral care routine. Call us today at (614) 389-9926 to schedule an appointment.