It’s been a month since you made a New Year’s resolution to improve your oral hygiene. How’s it going? Are you brushing twice a day? Are you flossing? If you’re not, don’t worry. Today is as good a time as any to start.
Benefits of Maintaining a Healthy Mouth
All of the steps you take to improve the health of your mouth will also help its appearance. Remember, a healthy smile is a beautiful smile. An improved appearance is a huge perk of a consistent oral hygiene routine.
Here are some mouth-healthy tips to get you started:
Replace your toothbrush
We recommend that you change your toothbrush every three months. Keep an eye on the bristles to see if it’s time to replace your toothbrush—if the bristles are frayed, it’s time for a new one. We’ll help you remember: we give you a new toothbrush each time you come in for a teeth cleaning.
Use a soft brush
The goal of brushing your teeth is removing plaque. Plaque is bacteria that forms on your teeth between brushing. Plaque is soft, and toothbrush bristles can easily remove it. A hard toothbrush may scrub too hard and remove enamel or cause your gums to recede.
Brush all over
When you brush, focus on getting all of the surfaces of your teeth. That means your toothbrush bristles touch your tongue side and cheek side of every tooth. The tongue side of your lower teeth is a commonly-missed area.
Brush Before Bed
It’s easy to fall asleep without brushing your teeth. Work hard to break this habit. Brushing before bed is crucial to remove all of the food particles and bacteria from the day. When plaque builds up, it leads to cavities and gum disease. It’s important to brush at night because saliva is less active while you sleep.
Brushing alone is not enough to keep your mouth healthy. Flossing is a vital part of keeping your oral hygiene routine. Your soft-bristled toothbrush cannot reach in between your teeth to clean those small surfaces. Flossing removes all the plaque from your teeth. As with brushing, it is better to floss before bed.
Unhealthy gums bleed easily and are red and swollen. Flossing daily also reduces your risk for cavities between your teeth.
Use a Water Flosser
Water flossers spray water along the gum line providing your gums an even deeper clean. After you brush and floss, using a water flosser ensures the removal of the majority of food debris and plaque. Water flossers get deeper in the gum pocket than string floss. Water flossers are easy to use, and they only take a couple of minutes to use. They are also easy to find in stores or online. Dr Alexis or your hygienist can suggest a specific brand and model.
Regularly Have Your Teeth Professional Cleaned
Practicing good oral hygiene at home is very important, but having your teeth cleaned professionally removes the plaque and tartar buildup that you miss. Regular dental visits will help keep your mouth healthy life. Our dental hygienists in Pembroke Pines can give you tips on keeping your resolutions for a healthy smile.
Understand the Link Between Your Health and Your Teeth
There is a direct link between gum disease and cardiovascular disease. Having professional cleanings reduce your chance of having a stroke or heart attack. Your gums are a reflection of your general health—early signs of cancer, diabetes, and anemia may be detected by your dentist instead of your doctor.
Has it been a while since your last cleaning? Don’t let embarrassment stop you from getting the oral care you need. If you are past due for your dental cleaning, call 954-431-8300 today to schedule an appointment at our Pembroke Pines Dental office. The staff of Dr. Alexis DMD is committed to helping you achieve optimum dental care.