An effective oral hygiene routine helps reduce the chances of tooth decay and gum disease. With some thoughtful considerations and twice annual dental checkups you can have a healthy mouth for years to come.
The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Toothpaste with mild abrasives helps to remove food particles and plaque. Fluoride additives can also help strengthen enamel.
Of course brushing your teeth is more than simply sawing the brush back and forth. Ideally you should hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle as you brush one tooth at a time.
Flossing twice a day removes food particles from between your teeth and along the gum line. This keeps plaque from hardening into tartar and reduces the chances of developing gum disease. Be sure to work the floss into a U shape to maximize the cleaning area and floss around the gum line where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Many people like to use an antiseptic mouthwash to freshen their breath while also killing bacteria and washing away food particles loosened by flossing. It’s important to note that while some mouthwash brands can help kill bacteria in the mouth, they cannot replace the ability of floss to remove food particles from between teeth and around the gum line.
If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine, please call us at 361-387-1507 to schedule your next appointment.