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Brushing is not enough! Brushing your teeth every morning and night doesn't guarantee you're giving your mouth all the attention it needs. Even a regular oral hygiene routine may be leaving gaps if you engage in a few not-so-great habits. The best way to get a healthy smile is to understand proper brushing technique and ensuring you have the right tools in your cabinet to help get a more thorough dental cleaning every time you brush. The following dental hygiene tips will help you take your dental care routine to the next level.
People brush regularly, but simply don't brush enough for their teeth to stay clean. The ADA recommends brushing for at least two minutes, twice daily. Having trouble sticking to your dental hygiene routine for two minutes? Try listening to short song, or cue up a two-minute YouTube video. This will keep you entertained and help you reach the two minute goal.
Most people do it wrong! A fast pass of the bristles isn't enough to remove leftover food particles and polish your teeth. Instead, use a technique suggested by the American Dental Association (ADA): Start with your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use short back and forth strokes across the sides and tops of your teeth. Then, hold the brush vertically and use several shorter strokes to focus on the backs of your teeth of the front anterior teeth where plaque builds up often. When it comes to a clean mouth, technique makes a difference.
Like brushing, flossing is also techniques-sensitive. It must be done properly so that, when you reach between teeth, you actually get to the germs and plaque that are stuck there. Ideally, use a piece of floss up to 18 inches in length, allowing you to use a fresh area of floss every few teeth. This way you are not reinserting bacteria you just removed. Keep in mind the floss should rub against the teeth in a motion that creates a forward or backward 'C' shape, wrapping the floss around each tooth.
Always Use a Mouthwash
Using a mouthwash is crucial because mouthwash can go where toothbrushes and floss can't. A good mouthwash can rid your mouth of the same debris that irritates the gumline and causes gingivitis. Add a mouthwash to your oral care regimen to get the most thorough clean you can, especially when you are on the go.
Midnight snack? Brushing well may clear your teeth of bacteria and food particles, but if you sneak a snack afterward, you'll need to brush again before bed. Having a snack before sleep (without brushing) can allow food particles and sugar to remain on your teeth for an extended period of time, providing fuel for bacteria that feeds on it.
Dental hygiene should be part of any health routine. Following these dental hygiene tips will help you attain a healthy smile for life.
The best thing you can do to ensure you have a healthy smile is to visit your dentist at least 3 times per year for dental cleanings and dental checkups. Prevention is key if you want to have a healthy smile, and routine dental care is the best from of prevention.
Dr. Papiernik truly enjoys seeing the effect that a healthy smile has on his patient’s lives. He believes that a healthy smile begins with knowledge. That is why one of his goals is to help elevate each patient's dental awareness and to provide them with the best tools to maintain their dental health at its optimum. Please call (305) 670 5100 to schedule an appointment.
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