When it comes to caring for our smiles, we often hear about how important a “proper dental care routine” is, but what exactly is a good dental care routine? Obviously brushing and flossing are an essential part, but are you brushing and flossing properly? Today Renken Dentistry will cover how exactly you develop a proper dental hygiene routine at home.
Properly Brushing Teeth
When it comes to correctly brushing your teeth, there are a few things to keep in mind. Although hard bristles may seem like they would “clean better,” you should opt for soft bristles. Likewise, brushing softly is recommended as too much pressure can actually wear away enamel.
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.
- Brush each quadrant (top left, top right, bottom left, bottom right) for 30 seconds each.
- Use ADA-approved toothpaste.
- Replace brush at least every 3 months.
- If toothbrush appears worn or you have been sick, immediately replace toothbrush.
Properly Flossing Teeth
Flossing is another essential part of a good oral hygiene routine however you should make sure you are properly flossing:
- Use about 18 inches of dental floss.
- Wrap the dental floss around a finger on each hand; leave about 2 inches of floss to use between teeth.
- Gently glide the floss, following the curves of your teeth.
- Avoid snapping floss or damaging the gums.
- Floss every tooth, including the very back ones!
Cleaning Your Tongue
People often think that bad breath is caused by not properly brushing teeth, but did you know it is actually typically caused by bacteria living on your tongue? Much like the rest of your mouth, bacteria also live on the tongue and can contribute to bad breath, dental decay and even periodontal disease! You should always scrape your tongue after brushing your teeth so ensure you get any leftover bacteria.
Rinsing Your Mouth with Mouthwash
Once you have finished properly brushing, flossing, and scraping, you should rinse your mouth with mouthwash for at least 30 seconds. Depending upon your oral health condition, your dentist may recommend a specific brand or kind.