Not only does good oral hygiene improve your smile, it can keep you in good health. Maintaining oral hygiene can help prevent heart disease, diabetes, and pregnancy complications. Oral health begins with good teeth and can affect the rest of your overall health. In order to maintain a healthy body and mouth, consider the following tips.
How to Properly Brush Your Teeth
Since oral health begins with clean teeth, regular brushing is vital. Take the time to brush your teeth twice a day with proper equipment and good technique. Most dentists agree that proper brushing takes at least two minutes. Using a soft toothbrush with a toothpaste that contains fluoride will go a long way in improving oral hygiene. Also, brushing twice a day—once after breakfast and again before bed—will help keep your mouth clean.
Although remembering to brush and using the right equipment are important, brushing with the correct technique and knowing when to replace your toothbrush are critical to healthy oral hygiene. Hold your toothbrush at a slight angle until it fits your mouth comfortably. Then, gently brush in back-and-forth motions around the inside, top and outside of your teeth. Don’t forget to brush your tongue! Thorough tongue brushing rids your mouth of bacteria that cause bad breath.
Rinse and Floss
Maintaining oral health is about consistently performing small habits. These habits, such as brushing, flossing and rinsing, don’t take much time, but they are critically important to overall dental health. Once a day, use floss to remove any plaque between your teeth that wasn’t removed by brushing. Flossing before you brush enables fluoride from the toothpaste to coat the surface of each tooth. Before flossing, break off at least 18 inches of length. This lets you firmly grip each side of the floss while carefully cleaning between your teeth. Gently curve the floss around each tooth, and avoid digging into the gum.
After flossing, a thorough rinse will keep your mouth clean. Visit your local dentist to find out about which rinse best suits your oral needs. While most mouthwashes focus on bacteria, some contain additional ingredients that focus on areas that may be specific to you. For instance, chlorhexidine can help treat swelling and redness. Whatever the case, Dr. Straus and his team at Advanced Dental Care of Richmond will consult you on which oral care products you should use.
Dr. Straus uses state-of-the-art dental technology to provide personalized care to each patient. He is passionate about giving up-to-date dental treatment to families in and around Richmond. From sedation dentistry to cosmetics and teeth whitening, Dr. Straus will help you maintain your oral health.
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