Your oral health is incredibly important. With proper oral hygiene, you can avoid painful and potentially costly oral health problems like tooth decay and periodontal disease. Here are 5 simple tips from the office of Dr. Jason Dittberner, DDS, PC, that will help you keep your mouth clean and healthy.
Use Proper Brushing Technique
To truly get an effective clean, you need to use proper teeth brushing techniques. Keep your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums, and use short, rapid strokes across the tops and sides of your teeth – rather than long strokes. When brushing the backs of your teeth, hold your brush vertically and use short upward strokes. This technique helps remove plaque and bacteria more effectively.
Brush At Least Twice A Day
At a minimum, you should try to brush your teeth twice a day – usually every morning and every night – although the ADA recommends that you brush your teeth after every meal.
You also need to brush for the proper length of time – 2 minutes. Electric toothbrushes can be very helpful for this, as they often have timers that vibrate every 30 seconds or minute, which helps you keep track of tooth brushing duration. You can also set a timer on your watch or cell phone, or play a 2-minute song to ensure you’re brushing for a long enough duration!
Flossing is incredibly important for your oral health, so use proper flossing technique, and floss your teeth at least once a day. This removes plaque, food bits, and bacteria that cannot be reached by tooth brushing alone.
If you really can’t stand flossing, or can’t do it properly, you can consider a water flosser like a WaterPik, but most dentists still recommend using traditional dental floss in addition to water flossers.
Mouthwash, like dental floss, can reach nooks and crannies in your teeth that can’t be reached by brushing alone. Rinsing with a fluoridated mouthwash helps strengthen your teeth, and remove pesky bits of food and other debris from your teeth.
Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
As toothbrushes age, their bristles become soft and less effective. You should replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head (if using an electric toothbrush) every 3-6 months. Most modern toothbrushes have “wear indicators” that can help you determine when they should be replaced.
Come To Flagstaff Dentistry For An Oral Hygiene Assessment And Teeth Cleaning!
Dr. Dittberner and our experienced team of dental hygienists will help you understand your current level of oral health, and provide you with advice and tips on how to keep your mouth healthy. Call today at 928-255-1154 for an appointment, or contact us online.