Have you ever wondered if your daily oral hygiene routine measures up? Perhaps you dutifully brush twice a day but still developed a cavity or two. Or maybe the mundane aspect of brushing and flossing has created a situation where bad oral hygiene habits have developed. Having a proper oral hygiene routine can prevent the need for restorations from your dentist and help you enjoy your teeth for decades to come.
What does it take to have an effective oral hygiene routine?
Proper Brushing Technique
In order to thoroughly clean your mouth, you will need to allocate two minutes to each brushing session. Not only should you gently clean each tooth, you also need to brush your gums, tongue, the linings of your cheeks, and the roof of your mouth to fight oral bacteria and remove surface debris.
Be mindful not to brush too hard or vigorously as this can irritate your gums and wear down your tooth enamel. Your toothbrush or brush head should be swapped out for a new one every three months. It’s also important to store your brush in an upright position so that its bristles can dry out between brushing sessions.
The Importance of Flossing
Flossing is an integral part of a good oral hygiene routine. Your toothbrush cannot reach deep between your teeth. Often times, even if you brush very thoroughly, food particles and plaque can form in these hard-to-reach areas. By flossing every evening, you can ensure that these vulnerable areas are cleaner than they would be with brushing alone.
Daily flossing will help disrupt bacterial colonization, strengthen the gingiva, and remove debris that could lead to cavities and gum disease.
Some people like to incorporate mouthwash or fluoridated rinses into their oral hygiene routine. While proper brushing and flossing can be enough, mouth rinses could provide an additional layer of protection. Mouthwash helps control oral bacteria while fluoridated rinses help strengthen tooth enamel.
Our team is happy to provide oral hygiene education and product recommendations. Contact Fresh Leaf Dental today to schedule an appointment.