Do you remember that rule to brush your teeth twice a day? Well the days of just brushing your teeth every morning and every night are gone. There are a few dental hygiene tips that everyone should know to ensure the health of your teeth. Riverdale suggests following these dental hygiene tips to help take your care routine to the next level.
Dental Hygiene Tips for Daily Use
- Use Proper Brushing Technique. The American Dental Association describes this technique as turning the 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 the teeth. This is a common place where plaque builds up.
You should then brush the surfaces of your tongue and roof of your mouth. Remember to brush your teeth and gum lightly. If your gum starts to bleed, this could be a sign of malnutrition.
- Brush Enough. The ADA recommends brushing for at least two minutes, twice daily. Listening to a short song from youtube or set a timer on your phone. Some children’s brushes have a song that starts playing when they start brushing and when it ends, the child can stop brushing.
- Pick the Right Brush. A brush with a head and bristles are small enough to reach into the crevices. Most adults require a small or medium sized toothbrush. There are usually “Soft and Extra Soft” brushes are another option when it comes to picking the right brush. If you still have questions, ask your dentist at your next appointment.
- Floss Properly. Like brushing, flossing must be done properly. Use a piece of floss up to 18 inches in length, allowing you to use a fresh area of the floss every few teeth without reinserting bacteria you just removed.
Keep in mind to rub the floss agains the teeth to create a forward or backward “C” shape. You should get in the habit of flossing at least once a day.
- Clean and Change Your Brush. Just a simple reminder to rinse your brush after each use and let it air dry. Avoid sharing your brush with others. Take your kids to the store so they can each pick out their own brush, there are usually character brushes that are fun and also practical.
Overtime, the bristles on the toothbrush will deteriorate, so changing your brush every few months is ideal. Most dentists give a new brush after a semi-annual dental appointment. Changing out your brush ensures that it remains clean and ready to use.
- Use a Tongue Scraper. Bacteria can still remain in your mouth even after you brush and floss. It remains on your tongue, so be sure to brush or use a tongue scraper as part of your daily routine. Not only will cleaning your tongue get rid of the bacteria, but also give you a fresh breath.
- Stop Snacking. Before you brush your teeth to go to bed, make sure you finish your snack. Having a snack before sleep without brushing can allow food particles and sugar to remain on your teeth for too long, providing fuel for bacteria that feeds on it.
- Ensure a Teeth-Friendly Diet. Believe it or not there are foods that are better to snack on for our teeth. Foods such as nuts, fruit (apples), cheese, chicken and vegetables are teeth friendly. Cheese causes your salivary gland to produce more saliva, which neutralizes acid.
- Limit Intake of Soda and Alcohol. Too much of it can deplete the calcium level of the body, causing dental hygiene problems. Go for beverages that will help to build enamel strength (like milk and water), which hydrates your body better than a sugary drink. You can also drinking from a straw to avoid direct contact with your teeth.
- Visit the Dentist Regularly. Going for a regular dental checkup is key to ensuring that the application of your hygiene routine. Make an appointment with your dentist every couple months. The goal is to schedule an appointment every 4-6 months just so your dentist can make a full oral checkup and clean your teeth.
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