We all want to have healthy, happy smiles. The best way to do that is to be diligent about our daily dental hygiene routines. Here are some basics to remember as you brush up on your brushing and flossing.
Brushing: Brushing your teeth is the most basic principle of taking care of your oral health. Use a toothbrush that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the package, and replace it every 3-4 months. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, 2 times a day. 2×2: easy to remember, easy to do. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth. This includes the inside surfaces of your front teeth. To do this, tilt the brush inward, perpendicular to the gumline, and use several up-and-down strokes.
Flossing: This oral hygiene habit can sometimes be difficult to adhere to. However, it is vital to your dental health! If flossing is difficult for you, talk with Dr. Allen Daniels about flossing alternatives. This could include water flossing, a pre-strung flosser, or floss for sensitive gums.
For conventional flossing, use a single filament floss that has earned the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Use a gentle back-and-forth sawing motion, as this will adequately remove food and plaque without damaging your gums. If you are just starting your flossing habit, it is normal for there to be some discomfort; if this persists for more than 2 weeks, talk to your dentist.
Of course, it is necessary to support these dental habits with regular visits to the dentist. If you are in the Lawrenceburg, Indiana area, call Bright Dental at 812-656-8888 to schedule your next appointment! Our team looks forward to working with you.