Proper dental hygiene is not only important to keep your smile looking good, it is also mandatory for a lifetime of good oral health. By practicing good dental hygiene you drastically decrease your risk of developing cavities and gum disease which are associated with dental plaque. Nearly everyone is taught how to brush and floss between their teeth at an early age, but many people forget how to do so with proper technique.
Brushing Your Teeth Properly
- Place a medium-firm toothbrush on your front teeth at a 45 degree angle.
- Gently rotate the brush in a circular motion, thoroughly going over the entire front surfaces of your teeth.
- Gently brush along the gum line.
- Repeat on the rear surface of your teeth.
- Gently brush the upper surfaces of your teeth to agitate plaque and food particles.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly to get rid of the loosened plaque.
- You should use a long string of floss (about 18 inches), wrapped around the middle finger of each hand with more on one side.
- Guide the floss between all of your teeth by grasping it with your thumb and index finger while gently scraping on each side of the teeth to the gum line.
- Make sure to unwind to clean areas of floss as you go to avoid transferring plaque to other teeth.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly when you finish.
By following these dental hygiene techniques twice each day, you are guaranteed to decrease your chances of developing cavities and periodontal disease. Talk to Smile Today about any concerns you may have regarding your dental hygiene.