Does your oral hygiene routine measure up? Many times, people can fall into an oral hygiene rut. They might not brush their teeth thoroughly enough and forget to floss. Oral hygiene is important for removing harmful surface debris that contributes to disease. Beyond receiving checkups and cleanings from your dentist, practicing meticulous oral hygiene prevents disease and prolongs the life of teeth.
You might be surprised to learn that your tooth cleaning practices aren’t up to speed. Following are important tips for effective tooth cleaning.
Tooth Cleaning Tips for a Healthier Smile
It’s easy to develop bad oral hygiene habits. Sometimes when we perform daily tasks, we tend to do so robotically. The first step to developing healthy oral hygiene habits is to brush and floss with a mindful approach.
Many people don’t spend long enough brushing their teeth. Did you know the American Dental Association and your dentist will instruct you to brush your teeth for approximately two minutes each time? If you need help keeping track of time, set a timer on your smartphone or purchase an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer.
Scrubbing vigorously won’t result in a cleaner mouth. Your teeth aren’t like dishes or kitchen countertops – elbow grease won’t remove debris or stains. In fact, vigorous brushing can irritate gum tissue, scratch tooth enamel and weaken teeth over time. Let your toothbrush and toothpaste do most of the work instead by brushing in gentle, circular motions.
Do you brush your gums, tongue, and roof of your mouth, too? If not, you should be. Harmful bacteria also live on soft oral tissue. Brushing these surfaces will help control plaque and stimulate soft tissues.
Skipping flossing could cause you to develop periodontal (gum) disease. Your toothbrush can’t adequately clean the surfaces between teeth and just under the gums. Commit to flossing every day to safeguard your oral health.
While practicing proper oral hygiene is necessary, you still need to have dental cleanings and checkups every six months. If it’s time to visit the dentist, call DeSanti Family Dentistry to reserve an appointment.