The most basic steps to maintaining healthy teeth and gums are brushing and flossing. If you are diligent about practicing both of these habits every day, you’re already doing your mouth a favor. With assistance from New Essence Dentistry in Sacramento, you can reduce your risk of developing any dental issues. Here are a few more tips for improving your oral hygiene.
If you brush correctly (with gentle pressure rather than aggressively), you should expect your toothbrush to last several months. When you start to notice that the bristles are becoming worn or frayed, it’s time to switch it out for a new one. This will generally be every three months.
There is no shortage of variety in types of toothpastes. To best benefit your oral hygiene, look for one that contains fluoride. This is a naturally-occurring mineral that helps to strengthen tooth enamel, lowering your risk of cavities. You can also look for a toothpaste that has an anti-tartar agent that inhibits the formation of hardened plaque deposits (calculus) to help keep your teeth clean for longer.
While we’re on the subject of brushing, an additional tip to improve this habit is not to rinse out the toothpaste right after you finish brushing. By doing so, you could be rinsing away that beneficial fluoride too early. Just spit out the excess toothpaste and allow time for the fluoride to absorb into your enamel.
If you have a hard time using floss, try using an oral irrigator, which uses water to flush out food and bacterial byproducts from the surfaces of the teeth, including the areas between teeth.
Bacteria likes to collect on your tongue, too, so be sure to give it a brush after your teeth. A tongue scraper can also be helpful for this step.
If you have children in your family, help them to establish good oral care habits early. This will help ensure that they will maintain these good habits and a healthy mouth as they age.
For more tips or assistance on keeping your teeth and gums in good condition, visit us dentist in Sacramento.