While getting regular dental cleanings and exams is an important part of good oral health, it’s just as important to take good care of your teeth between appointments. We all know that brushing and flossing are good for your teeth, but are you doing them properly? Here are a few things to keep in mind when cleaning your teeth in order to keep them in good shape.
When choosing a toothbrush, opt for soft bristles. This type of brush is gentler on your mouth and won’t wear away your tooth enamel when you use it. You should also aim to replace your toothbrush every three months.
While brushing, hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and be sure to brush all sides of your tooth. Use a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen your tooth enamel and fight off tooth decay.
Flossing your teeth is just as important as brushing them, as the floss can reach areas that your toothbrush alone can’t get to. If your gums are healthy, flossing shouldn’t be painful. However, if you notice any bleeding, it could be a sign of periodontal disease.
When flossing your teeth, try to run the floss along each side of every tooth. Pull the floss up and slightly under your gums in a C-shape in order to reach the pockets of bacteria that tend to collect underneath.
Part of your regular dental checkups should involve discussing your oral hygiene routine with your dentist. If you have any questions about proper dental hygiene, our friendly staff would be happy to assist you. Give our office a call today!