Proper oral healthcare does more than keep your teeth clean. It also promote overall good health. And while everyone knows that brushing twice a day and seeing their dentist regularly are two of the best ways, they’re also the most overlooked.
Below are four ways to make your teeth last a lifetime:
1. Brush Regularly
Everyone knows how important it is to brush their teeth. In fact, you should be striving for no less than twice a day, preferably after every meal. If that’s not possible, you should be brushing both morning and night for at least two minutes each time. When you skip brushing your teeth, it lays the foundation for plaque to build up and bacteria growth.
2. Perfect Your Brushing Technique
How rush your teeth is just as important as how long you brush. In fact, if you’re not brushing the right way, it’s almost as bad as not brushing at all. In addition to brushing for at least two minutes, you need to make sure you’re brushing up and down and in circular motions. You also need to make sure you brush the very back of your teeth as well. You also need to gently brush your tongue as well.
3. Use Toothpaste with Fluoride
There’s more to toothpaste and mouthwash than their flavor and whitening potential. Make sure that the your toothpaste has fluoride. Fluoride is one of the best ways to prevent tooth decay and cavities. It forms a protective barrier around your teeth. In addition, fluoride toothpaste can kill a majority of bacteria that can lead to cavities.
4. Use Floss
Flossing is also an important part a good oral hygiene routine. Flossing regularly helps to remove any food that’s stuck in between your teeth. Flossing also helps to reduce plaque and reduces gum inflammation. You don’t have to floss after every meal; once a day should be enough.
5. Choose Your Mouthwash Wisely
When it comes to keeping your mouth healthy, the mouthwash you choose also plays an important role. Look for brands that also contain fluoride to prevent tooth decay. Some mouthwashes contain antiseptics, which also work well to ward off decay and gingivitis. Keep in mind that swishing with mouthwash does not replace regular brushing.
Keeping your smile is what we do best. If you have questions about your oral healthcare in Scottsdale, we’re here to help. Contact us for an appointment today.