While you want your smile to look good, oral hygiene goes beyond appearances. Maintaining good oral hygiene can prevent diseases, such as periodontal disease, and eliminate the need for restorative dentistry services. Keeping your teeth and gums clean and healthy is easy if you have an effective oral hygiene routine.
Use Proper Brushing Techniques
You should brush your teeth at least two times every day, and for at least two minutes each time. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush will help you avoid brushing too hard. Making circular motions with the toothbrush as you clean your teeth and gums will loosen plaque, helping to prevent cavities. Using fluoride toothpaste will aid in preventing tooth decay.
Floss Teeth Effectively
Brushing only removes plaque and bacteria from the easy-to-reach surfaces of your teeth. Plaque and food particles can also hide between your teeth and along your gum line, where a toothbrush cannot easily reach. To maintain good oral health, you should floss your teeth at least once a day. Use about 18 inches of floss and glide the floss between each tooth while curving around and under the gum line to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Rinse Your Mouth Adequately
Use a proper amount of mouthwash to rinse your teeth after they have been brushed and flossed. This is an additive measure that can help remove germs and bacteria from your mouth. This can improve your breath and give your mouth a fresh feeling. In addition, your dentist may recommend that you use a mouthwash which contains fluoride to help prevent the erosion of your tooth enamel.
In addition to the above steps, an effective oral hygiene routine must include regular exams and cleanings performed by a dentist. At Kahn, Ferrari & Aldieri, DDS, we offer family dentistry services and provide teeth whitening, dental implants, and restorative procedures. Call (888) 829-9575 to schedule your appointment at our Long Island office.