Good oral hygiene is the building block for a healthy mouth and your overall health. With better dental care, you’ll look and feel better, so it’s important to establish a daily routine that will prevent painful and dangerous conditions like cavities and gingivitis that can be expensive to fix. Though it is important to come see us for regular cleanings, it’s also vital that you maintain good oral hygiene practices every day. We’ve put together some tips on how to care for your teeth in between dental visits to get the smile of your dreams and stay happy and healthy.
It’s no secret that brushing your teeth is necessary for a healthy mouth. You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, particularly after meals. You want to make sure to brush away the food particles in your mouth that, if left there, could feed bacteria that cause tooth decay. For proper brushing technique, angle the brush at 45 degrees against the gumline and sweep the brush away from the gumline. Then, using short back-and-forth strokes, brush the outside, inside, and chewing surface of each tooth. Finally, brush your tongue to remove any bacteria there – it can lead to bad breath if left there.
If there’s one thing that most people probably don’t do enough, it’s flossing. But flossing is an important step in keeping your mouth clean and healthy. When you floss between your teeth, you dislodge food particles that are sitting there that can’t be reached by brushing alone. By removing these particles, you reduce the risk of developing tooth decay, cavities, and other serious issues. Flossing also eliminates plaque from between your teeth and under your gumline which, if left untreated, could harden into tartar. Ideally, you should use about 18 inches of floss and gently follow the curves of your teeth, making sure you’re cleaning beneath the gumline. You should floss at least once each day.
Using a mouthwash daily, especially one that contains fluoride, strengthens developing teeth in children and helps prevent tooth decay in adults. For further defense, you can also use toothpaste that contains fluoride.</>
Perhaps less obvious, but no less important, your diet greatly affects your dental health. Eating foods like candy, chips, and soda can lead to decay, cavities, and more. Stick to a diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and proteins, and try to stay away from processed foods. If you do indulge, be sure to rinse out your mouth with water or brush your teeth after eating.
Regular Dental Exams & Cleanings
It is vital that you come in to see us for regular dental cleanings and exams. At Bozeman Family Dentistry, our staff is dedicated to providing you with the best care and helping you achieve a healthy mouth. Call us today to make an appointment!