We want to see you every six months for a checkup and cleaning, as this helps keep your smile strong. But we also want you to take steps to protect and care for your teeth and gums from home. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about the best way to brush and floss each day.
The Need to Clean Your Teeth
You need to care for your smile each day, because as we eat and drink, we leave particles behind on and between our teeth. Without care to remove them, bacteria will break down these particles. The result is a higher level of oral acidity, and a layer of plaque buildup. The buildup can grow in severity with time, and harden into tartar. These layers then begin to weaken and erode outer enamel, and inflame gum tissues, causing an increased risk of cavities, infections, gingivitis, and gum disease, as well as bad breath and stained teeth. But good oral hygiene at home and regular visits for checkups and cleanings every six months can help keep your teeth and gums strong and healthy.
You can choose a manual or electric one, just as long as you use it properly and opt for soft bristles. You should brush in the morning and at night, reaching every available surface. Each session should last about two minutes. The toothpaste you choose is important too, as you want one with fluoride to helps strengthen the protective layer of enamel. Look for the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. Approach your teeth at a 45-degree angle with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on your brush. Clean the tops and sides, then use circular motions for the front of the teeth. Clean along your gum line too.
You also need to floss every evening, as this reaches and removes what is beyond a toothbrush’s reach. You should take an 18inch to 20inch length of tape or string, and wrap each end around one of your thumbs, and hold it tight with your index finger. Run the tape up and down each side of every tooth, and dip below the gum line in a “c” motion, as this removes what is trapped along the gum line. Adjust your grip on the tape to use a clean portion for each tooth.
To remove all buildup completely, you should see us every six months for a professional cleaning!
Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Caring for Your Smile
We would like to make sure you have the information you need to keep your smile strong. For more information on the best methods of protecting oral health, contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.