If you want to take care of your teeth you must be mindful of your daily oral hygiene routine and visit the family dentist regularly. Forming healthy dental care habits early is the best way to avoid unnecessary procedures down the road. Besides, a healthy body starts in the mouth. Following are some healthy dental care habits to keep your teeth and your oral health at their best.
Brush and Floss At Least Twice Daily
You should brush diligently at least twice daily. It is most important to do this right before bed and first thing in the morning. Flossing once a day, preferably at bedtime, will help remove food particles that your toothbrush missed. Flossing also keeps gum tissue stimulated. It is also a good idea to rinse with water after meals. This will help remove debris which may settle between teeth and along the gum line.
Don’t Neglect Your Tongue and Gums
Plaque and bacteria builds up along the gum line and on the tongue, so it is important to pay special attention to these areas when brushing. Gentle brushing of the gums and along the gum line keeps your gums healthy by stimulating circulation and keeping them clean. Brushing your tongue helps eliminate bad breath by removing the bacteria that cause it.
Change Your Toothbrush Every Three Months
You’ve probably heard this before, but it is important. Bacteria builds up on a toothbrush and water alone is not enough to wash it off. Furthermore, the bristles bend and begin to wear out compromising the job they do cleaning teeth. It is okay to change your toothbrush, or toothbrush head, more often but it needs to be changed at least every three months for optimum performance.
Visit the Family Dentist Regularly
To maintain healthy teeth and gums, you should visit your family dentist regularly. It is recommended that you have a dental exam and professional cleaning at least once every six months.
If you are looking for a family dentist, or have questions about healthy dental habits, schedule an appointment with our team at DeSanti Family Dentistry today. We are always happy to answer questions and keep you on the road to your most beautiful healthy smile.