How we care for our teeth at home can make a difference in our oral health. Practicing great teeth cleaning habits can reduce your risk for conditions like gum disease, tooth wear, and cavities. In addition to practicing proper oral hygiene, it’s important to keep appointments for professional teeth cleanings and checkups with our dentist.
Following are helpful oral hygiene tips to protect your teeth and gums.
Brush for Two Minutes
Many people do not brush their teeth long enough. Anything less than two minutes of brushing is not enough time to thoroughly clean all oral surfaces. Consider setting a timer on your phone or using an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer to make sure you’re brushing for two minutes.
Floss Every Evening
Although brushing is very important, thorough brushing isn’t enough to clean teeth properly. Flossing cleans between teeth and below the gum line where a toothbrush cannot reach. For best results, floss in the evening after brushing your teeth. Many patients find that waxed dental floss is more user-friendly than other varieties.
Don’t Forget to Clean Your Gums, Tongue, and Roof of Your Mouth
To thoroughly clean our mouths, we need to brush more than our teeth. Harmful oral bacteria live throughout the oral cavity, including the gums, the roof of the mouth, and the tongue. When brushing, be sure to gently brush these areas to remove bacteria and plaque.
Change Your Toothbrush Every Three Months
A dirty, frayed toothbrush cannot clean your teeth and gums properly. The American Dental Association recommends changing your toothbrush four times a year. One way to remember to change your toothbrush is use a new one each season. If you come down with a stomach bug, cold, or other infection, swap your brush out for a new one once you get well.
If you have questions about oral hygiene techniques or need product recommendations, contact our office to speak with a knowledgeable staff member. You can also discuss your oral hygiene needs at your next appointment for a checkup or teeth cleaning.