You’ve probably heard many times a great dental hygiene routine includes brushing twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing once a day. While this is very important, there are several other ways to maintain a healthy beautiful smile. In this article, we’ll share 4 great tips on how to keep your teeth and gums healthy and to help prevent gum disease.
Upgrade to an electric toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes are typically more effective at removing plaque than traditional toothbrushes. When using an electric toothbrush you don’t have to brush back and forth. Instead, you just guide the brush over your teeth along the gum line and allow the tiny vibrations do all the work. If you notice a build-up of plaque or food particles, an electric toothbrush can be very effective in removing those particles. Electric toothbrushes are great for those with limited mobility and orthodontic appliances. Some electric toothbrushes also have a built-in 2-minute timer so that you know exactly how long to brush for!
Make sure you’re flossing correctly
Since a toothbrush is only able to reach a portion of your tooth surface, flossing every day is extremely important. Flossing will help reach the surfaces between your teeth so that you can remove plaque and debris from those areas. However, flossing only provides this benefit if it is done properly. Gently glide the floss up and down, rubbing it along the sides of both teeth. Do not rub the floss directly onto your gums as that can cause bleeding and irritation. Make sure to curve the floss at the base of each tooth to make a “C” shape. This will allow the floss to remove particles between your gums and your tooth. Repeat until each tooth has been properly cleaned using a new, clean section of the floss.
Rinse after flossing
We recommend flossing before you brush your teeth so you can remove any loosened debris. If flossing during the day or after meals when brushing is not possible, remember to rinse your mouth after to remove food particles.
Don’t forget about your tongue
While you’re brushing, don’t forget to gently brush your tongue in a downward motion too. Because the surface of your tongue has tiny bumps and crevices, bacteria will hide in those areas unless it is removed. You can also add an anti-cavity mouthwash containing fluoride to your routine to help kill bacteria, strengthen your teeth and freshen your breath.
Contact Lindner Dental in Bedford
By brushing and flossing, following these tips, and maintaining a regular 6-month dental check-up schedule you will not only improve the health of your teeth and gums but your overall health in general. Gum disease has been linked to a variety of health issues so taking care of your teeth is extremely important. If you have other questions about your dental hygiene routine, contact us at. 603-624-3900