While overall tooth care may seem obvious to most people, it never hurts to learn from the professionals how to best care for your pearly whites and ensure they stay healthy and happy for years. Simply brushing twice a day isn’t always enough and practicing proper oral care can prevent cavities, gum diseases and even issues that could lead to a need for surgery in the future. Brush up on your tooth care practices with these simple steps:
Have the Right Tools for the Job
Toothbrushes, whether electric or the traditional kind, should be replaced every two months to prevent build up of bacteria and worn down bristles that inhibit cleaning functions. Purchase toothpaste that contains fluoride which acts as a barrier for germs. Always make sure you have your floss – any type with do but purchasing one with an attached handle or grip may make maneuvering in between teeth easier than having to wrap the ends around your fingers.
Learn Proper Brushing Techniques
While some may think that quickly brushing your teeth twice a day is suitable for tooth care, there are a few ways to make the two minutes spent on your teeth more effective. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and apply pressure until you can feel the bristles but aren’t aggressively scrubbing. Using a circular motion, scrub both the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth as well as your gums. Be sure to be thorough – and don’t forget to brush your tongue after polishing each tooth.
Make the Most of Flossing
If you don’t have floss with the built-in handle, simply wrap the strand around your pointer or middle fingers on each hand. Use a sawing motion to clean between all of your teeth, even the hard to reach molars in the back. If you haven’t flossed recently, you may experience some gum swelling or bleeding. Don’t panic – this is normal and will subside within a week of regular flossing.
End with a Fresh Rinse
Mouthwash is ideal for removing any bacteria, germs or micro-food that has been left behind or loosened by brushing and flossing.
Because tooth care is so vital to overall oral health, there is no such thing as being “too late” to start a proper brushing and flossing routine. Brush twice a day, after extra-sugary meals and make regular appointments with your dentist to maximize your tooth care and smile power!