You may think that your dental routine is pretty good, comparatively. At least you’re not the type to answer your dentist when he or she asks when the last time you flossed with, “Dude, you were there.”
Maybe you brush twice a day, floss and use mouthwash almost every night—what more can you do? We’re glad you asked, because where dental hygiene is concerned, there’s always room for improvement. And when the consequences for poor oral hygiene extend past just a few cavities to painful root canals and a range gum diseases that can do everything from give you bad breath to infecting the ligaments and bone that support your teeth, the risks are simply too great.
Here are a few tips that can help you improve your dental routine and your oral health.
Get the Right Tools
It’s all well and good if you’re giving them a brush every day and night, but not if you’re not using the right equipment. You want to be brushing twice a day with a soft-bristled brush that fits comfortably in your mouth. This will remove the food and plaque without damaging your gums. A fluoride mouthwash used after you floss and brush at night will give your enamel extra protection.
Soft brushes vs Electric
Soft bristles are nice, however electric toothbrushes have advantages too. The rotating and oscillating movement of the toothbrush head removes the plaque from your teeth more efficiently than a regular toothbrush. Just make sure the one you choose is comfortable to hold and easy to use.
In the right hands a soft brush has the ability to reach your gums effectively.
Use the Right Brushing Technique
In addition to the right equipment, ask yourself if you’re even doing the brushing part right. The correct brushing technique is to place the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward your gum line and then gently move the bristles in circles. Make sure you’re brushing the outer, inner and biting surfaces, as well as your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Brush for a full two minutes in order to really be thorough.
Don’t Forget About Flossing
When it comes to flossing, the biggest chore on Earth, you should really learn the correct technique. The correct way to floss is to pull a very long strand of floss from the dispenser, then wrap the ends around your index and middle fingers. Hold the floss tightly around each tooth in a C shape, and move the floss back and forth in a push-pull motion up and down against the side of each tooth.
While this doesn’t seem like a dental routine, eating a balanced diet is a very good thing for your oral health. We’re talking more whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables and high quality proteins (all of which stimulate the flow of saliva and therefore help remove plaque and food from your teeth), and less sugary drinks and starchy carbs.
Of course, preventative dentistry and regular checkups should be a part of your dental routine. To book an appointment for a check-up or any dental service in greater Brisbane, call Showground Dental today on 07 3852 2882 or contact us online.