A few simple steps at home can make a world of difference for your teeth and your overall health.
Change up your dental care routine, and you’ll see and feel the improvement in your smile. Find out how from Rachel Smith, RDH, Hygienist at Whitmore Dental.
Tip #1: Brush twice a day
“Brushing twice a day — for two minutes each — is one of the best things you can do for your teeth,” Rachel explains.
Yet, one in five Americans admits to brushing just once a day, according to research by the American Dental Association.
“People are more likely to skip nightly tooth-brushing. That gives bacteria the opportunity to party all night – in your mouth!” Rachel adds.
Bacteria on your teeth form plaque, which can harden into tartar if it stays on your teeth for a day or longer. Tartar can be removed by a dental professional, but not by your toothbrush.
So when’s the best time for that morning brushing? Rachel explains that the ideal time is right after you get out of bed, in order to free your teeth from bacteria right away.
Tip #2: Make the most of your brushing
Use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Hold your brush towards your gum-line at a 45-degree angle, and brush for two full minutes.
Next, brush the outside and inside of each tooth, including the flat surfaces of your molars. When you’re done, run your tongue over your teeth to check for “fuzzy sweaters” (plaque) and re-brush those areas.
Tip #3: For best results, add these to your evening routine
“I recommend the Philips Sonicare™ toothbrush,” Rachel says. “It’s easy to use, and patients get much better results than with manual brushing. There’s also a built-in timer, so it is easy to brush for two minutes.”
Regular flossing at least once a day is essential, Rachel says. “One other investment in your teeth that is worth making is an oral irrigator, such as the Hydro Floss® Oral Irrigator.
“It uses regular tap water to clean the hardest-to-reach places between your teeth, doing an even more thorough job than standard dental floss.
“For a great evening dental care routine, I’d recommend flossing first, followed by use of an oral irrigator.
“Finally, brush with a Sonicare for two minutes, using a small amount of toothpaste. Some patients benefit from prescription-strength fluoride toothpaste, available from our practice.
“By spending a short amount of time on your teeth every day, you can make such a difference in the health of your smile. These steps can help you prevent cavities, gum disease, and other problems, while protecting your dental health for the long-term,” Rachel says.
Besides your self-care at home, regular dental check-ups keep your smile healthy and beautiful. To schedule an appointment at Whitmore Dental, call Dee Dee or Janet today at 877-779-4486.