If you have ever wondered why preventive care is so important in dentistry, consider that 5 to 10 minutes of your time each day could prevent tooth decay, tooth loss, bone loss, and several other serious dental problems.
To keep your natural teeth healthy for as long as possible, it’s important to establish and stick to a daily oral healthcare routine.
How to Brush and Floss Effectively
You should brush your teeth a minimum of twice per day, preferably after you wake up in the morning and before you go to bed at night.
Be sure to use a fluoride toothpaste and choose a toothbrush that allows you to brush at a 45-degree angle. Spend several seconds on each tooth rotating the toothbrush in a clockwise manner, making sure that you brush both the inside and the outside of the tooth.
In order for your tooth brushing to be effective, you should plan to spend a minimum of two minutes getting them clean.
The Importance of Being Earnest with Flossing
Bacteria forms in your mouth after each meal and can eventually cause gum disease, plaque, and tartar to form. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to remove bacteria with tooth brushing alone. That is why flossing your teeth every time you brush is so essential.
Make sure that your string of floss is long enough for you to pull comfortably between each tooth several times. When you’re done with flossing, rinse your mouth with anti-septic mouthwash for fresh breath and a healthy mouth.
Don’t Skip the Dental Check-Ups
Even when you take excellent care of your teeth at home, having them professionally cleaned twice a year is the best way to ensure long-term oral health. You simply don’t have the cleaning power of professional dental tools. These check-ups also allow us to discover potential problems early on while conservative treatment is still an option.
Is it time for your biannual professional teeth cleaning? Schedule an appointment today to get your teeth and gums in tip-top shape at Vann Family Dental!