Are you maintaining a healthy smile or could your habits lead you to dental problems down the road?
Caring for your smile isn’t rocket science; however, there are a lot of different things to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Are you not sure whether or not your oral routine is meeting the needs of your smile? Our Evans and Augusta, GA, cosmetic dentists Dr. Scott Wingard and Dr. Caleb Morris are here to provide some handy tips for optimal oral hygiene.
Technique is Everything
While brushing and flossing are two of the most important things you do every day to ensure that you have healthy teeth and gums it isn’t just the act itself that’s enough, you also need to focus on technique.
At a 45-degree angle toward the gumline, place the toothbrush against your teeth and use small, circular motions to clean both the front and chewing surfaces. You’ll want to angle your brush vertically and brush up and down to clean the back surfaces of your teeth. Don’t forget to also brush the tongue, where bad breath-causing bacteria often thrive.
When it comes to flossing, make sure that you are using enough floss (about 18 inches of floss should be enough) each time. Also, you should be using a clean section for each new tooth. While holding the floss taut between your thumb and index finger, gently wiggle the floss between your teeth. Hug the side of the tooth with the floss and carefully move up and down to remove plaque buildup. Once you are done with the one side go to the other side and repeat before gently removing the floss.
Don’t Rush the Process
Make sure that you are also brushing long enough. People often rush through their oral routine, which means that teeth and gums don’t get the proper cleaning they require. Set a timer for two minutes and make sure you spend the entire time brushing. Remember: You should be brushing for at least two minutes twice a day.
Choose the Right Tools for the Job
While the technique is the most important component this doesn’t mean that the products you use don’t matter. It’s important that you choose the right toothbrush to fit your needs. While there is no proof that an electric toothbrush is better than a manual one, if you find it easier to maneuver an electric toothbrush then an electric brush might be the best option for you.
Always use fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride is instrumental in keeping enamel strong and preventing cavities. Also look for the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the toothbrush and toothpaste you choose.
No matter whether you have questions about your at-home dental care or you just need to book your next cleaning, don’t hesitate to call Summerville Dentistry today. We have dental offices in Evans and Augusta, GA, and our Evans, GA, office is open on Fridays to serve you better!