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.
- Mouthwash Rinse
- 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 for more information on caring for your teeth and gums.