April 11, 2017
Your teeth are made to last a lifetime with the right care. Your first line of defense to protect your teeth and gums from damage starts with your oral hygiene routine. Although you brush and floss your teeth, you may be doing so incorrectly. As a result, your home preventive methods are not doing a very good job, placing your oral health at risk. As your dentist in South Hadley, Dr. Douglas Leigh wants to ensure you are doing everything possible to care for your teeth and gums at home. He has simple tips to help revamp your home oral hygiene routine.
Choose the Right Toothbrush
Brushing your teeth is vital to preventing tooth decay and gum disease. It removes food debris, plaque, and tartar from the teeth. Although brushing your teeth may seem self-explanatory, many people brush their teeth incorrectly.
Effective brushing starts with the right toothbrush. You need one that is supported by the American Dental Association. With the ADA seal of approval, the toothbrush has been deemed safe and effective. While it does not matter if you choose a manual toothbrush or an electric one, make sure it fits the size of your mouth.
It is best to brush your teeth after every meal, but this is not always possible. At the very least, brush your teeth twice a day for two to three minutes each session. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to clean all surfaces of the teeth. Do not brush too aggressively or you can cause damage.
Choose the Right Toothpaste
The toothpaste you use will also make a large impact on your dental health. Again, choose one that has the ADA seal of approval. It is best to use a fluoride toothpaste, which will help to strengthen your enamel to prevent cavities.
Choose the Right Dental Floss
In addition to brushing, you need to floss your teeth daily. Flossing removes plaque and tartar that cannot be removed with a toothbrush from around the gum line. If you do not floss, you increase your risk for gum disease.
Always choose a dental floss that is supported by the ADA. It does not matter if you floss before or after you brush your teeth, but it is best to floss at night before bed. Insert the floss between two teeth and form a “C” shape around the tooth. Gently slide the floss down the tooth to the gum line and back up to the top to the tooth. Repeat this process for each tooth.
Protect Your Teeth from Damage
Your oral hygiene is vital to protecting the health of your teeth and gums. You need to ensure you are properly brushing and flossing each day in order for your efforts to be effective. In addition to your home care, you need to visit your dentist twice a year for preventive care. With a regular dental cleaning and checkup, we will create a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.
Contact Newton Street Dental today to schedule your preventive dental appointment.
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