Tips For Better Oral Hygiene Habits

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Taking better care of your smile from home helps limit plaque buildup, and the risk of poor oral health. Which is why daily brushing and flossing is so essential for smiles of all ages. In today’s blog, your Cleveland, TX, dentist talks about better homecare habits, such as properly brushing and flossing techniques.

Brushing Your Teeth

When you pick a toothbrush, we suggest one with soft bristles. That way you don’t risk gum recession or enamel damage if you brush too hard. You can use an electric one or a manual option, as both are effective when used properly. Approach your teeth at a 45-degree angle so you can clean the surfaces and along the gum line. Then clean the front with a circular motion. Each session should take at least two objects, and you need a fluoride toothpaste. Kids three and younger should use a rice sized amount, everyone else needs a pea sized blot of fluoride toothpaste. Clean your teeth in the morning first thing, and right before going to bed each evening.

Flossing Each Night

We also need to floss every evening to remove what is beyond the reach of a toothbrush’s bristles. You should do this right before you brush your teeth for the second time. Take your floss string/tape or pick, and clean up and down each side of every tooth, and dip beneath the gum line when you do so you can remove trapped food particles. This is essential for fighting tooth decay between the teeth, and limiting the risk of gingivitis and gum disease. We need to begin flossing as soon as we have teeth sitting side-by-side, so kids need to clean between their teeth too.

Starting a Healthier Diet

Certain oral bacteria will break down particles of sugar and starch left on and between your teeth. This creates the plaque and tartar buildup that could lead to tooth decay, gingivitis, and even periodontal disease. Which is why lowering your consumption of sugar and starch is helpful, so we suggest adding more fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread, and other items high in vitamin C and D to your diet, to strengthen and protect your smile. You should also make time to see our team for a checkup and cleaning every six months.

If you have any questions about how to properly brush and floss, then contact our team today to learn more.

Talk To Your Cleveland, TX Dentist About Protecting Your Smile

We would love to help you protect your smile in between your six-month visits. For more information on keeping your teeth and gums strong from home, then contact your Cleveland, TX, dentist, Dr. Uhrenholdt, by calling (281) 592-1234.