The Do’s and Dont’s of Basic Oral Hygiene
Keeping your teeth clean and free of nasty germs and bacteria is important if you want to maintain a long-lasting beautiful and healthy smile. Like most dentists, Dr. Acosta strongly recommends upholding high oral hygiene standards like daily brushing and routine dental cleanings every six months.
Healthy teeth and gums begin with your daily brushing routine. While some people have mastered a technique that is effective in battling plaque and gingivitis, others could use a little assistance getting it right. These mistakes are common and easy enough to overlook, but can negatively effective your tooth enamel or gum tissue. Here are some tips and tricks to teach you which techniques to avoid and which to employ when doing your daily brushing (twice a day, at least!)
Maintain Proper Brushing Skills
It may seem trivial or silly, but proper brushing technique is imperative to maintaining good oral health. And yes, there is a wrong way to brush your teeth.
Buying and Maintaining Your Toothbrush
- DO find a brush that is a right for you. Pick a brush with a handle that fits snugly in your hand and a head that comfortably reaches all of your teeth.
- DON’T use a brush with bristles that are too hard or a head or handle that is too big for you.
A brush that is too rough can damage your enamel or cause your gums to recede prematurely. Soft bristles are considered most effective for eliminating bacteria from the teeth.
- DO throw away your toothbrush after 3 or 4 months of use, or when the bristles begin to show signs of wear.
- DON’T use the same toothbrush for an extended period of time or after getting sick.
Toothbrushes can attract a lot of unwanted germs. Make sure they dry properly between uses and replace them often to avoid using bacteria-laden brushes.
- DO brush your teeth after every meal or at least twice a day. Don’t forget to floss and use mouthwash, too! Flossing helps get tough debris out from between the teeth and mouthwash helps to rinse them all away.
- DON’T brush your teeth infrequently or skip rinsing and flossing.
Brushing your teeth every day for 2 – 3 minutes at a time is the best way to ensure clean and healthy teeth.You May Like: “Tips to Prevent Yellow Teeth“
- DO brush in a circular motion at a 45-degree angle, taking care to brush along the gum line. Use a tongue scraper or your toothbrush to scrub your tongue, too.
- DON’T brush in a back and forth motion or forget to clean all the areas of your mouth.
Those side-to-side movements may not be getting your bristles in between your teeth or along the gum line, where plaque tends to build up. Don’t shy away from the tongue, either! Bacteria can build up on the surface of your tongue, which can negatively affect oral health.
Keep Your Teeth Gleaming
Typically, people think that simply brushing their teeth regularly will keep their breath fresh and their teeth white. In truth, it takes more than just a good brushing regimen to maintain those pearly whites. We know that going to the dentist isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time, but Dr. Acosta and the team at Acosta Dental Arts are here to help make your experience a comfortable one.
A professional teeth cleaning can help prevent a number of tooth and gum ailments, including gingivitis, periodontitis, and advanced periodontitis. Additionally, avoiding exposure to cigarettes or other smoke, coffee, and red wines can help keep your teeth white and your gums healthy.You May Like: “The Battle of the Breath: 4 Causes of Bad Breath and How to Fight Them“
Start Your Treatment Today
A smile is the best accessory anyone can wear, so make sure to do everything in your power to keep it healthy. If you have questions about proper brushing technique or wish to schedule an appointment with a five-star rated dentist, contact Dr. Adrian Acosta of Acosta Dental Arts, PA. We offer quality oral care services to residents of North Palm Beach and Juno Beach. Call our office at 561-622-0301 to schedule your Free Smile Assessment today!