When it comes to brushing your teeth, how often do you time yourself to make sure you are actually brushing for two minutes? Proper tooth-brushing is important to prevent gum disease and cavities, but it can also help to prevent a number of additional health problems. If you do not have an effective tooth-brushing routine, here are some tips to help you get started:
Brushing your teeth
- You should plan on spending at least 2 minutes brushing your teeth daily, at least 30 seconds for each quadrant of your mouth.
- Hold your brush at a 45 degree angle to prevent the gums from receding, but to ensure you are cleaning the teeth properly.
- Brush all services of the teeth and brush at least twice daily to remove plaque and bacteria.
Flossing your teeth
- Floss your teeth at least once per day, preferably before bedtime to remove all plaque beneath the gums.
- Floss between each tooth, even around the back molars as plaque can easily stick here.
- Avoid damaging your gums by following the curve of your teeth.
- Plan to rinse your mouth daily to remove excess bacteria from the mouth.
Clean your tongue
- Many people do not brush their tongues, where a great deal of plaque is actually growing in the mouth.
- Use a toothbrush with toothpaste and a circular motion when scrubbing the tongue to remove bacteria.
- Consider using a tongue scrapper, especially if you are dealing with bad breath.
Visit Sunset Dental Care
- Every 6 months you need regular cleanings and examinations to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy. We do a number of preventative treatments to help our patients avoid painful dental procedures and expensive dental repairs.
Understanding your oral needs can go a long way in helping you to properly care for your teeth and gums. Contact Sunset Dental Care today in Sunset Utah for more information on caring for your teeth and gums.