Following a good oral hygiene regimen is vital to maintaining a healthy and attractive smile. When improper brushing techniques are used, or flossing is ignored, it can result in plaque buildup. As plaque remains on the surface of your teeth, it can lead to dental staining, brown spots, and even the development of cavities. When cavities form, a dental filling will be required to protect your enamel.
With advancements made in the manufacturing of oral hygiene tools, brushing and flossing have never been easier. Read on to learn three secrets that can be immediately implemented to improve the health of your smile. In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene, it’s also important that you visit your general dentist for routine cleanings and examinations.
Invest in a Good Toothbrush
While it may seem like a hard-bristled toothbrush would clean more effectively, it can actually do more damage than good. The key to keeping your teeth healthy and your gum line free of irritation is to invest in a good toothbrush. Look for one that has soft bristles and an easy-to-hold grip. When brushing, be sure and hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree handle and use a circular motion. Avoid moving the toothbrush side to side as this can lead to gum recession.
Some find that investing in an electric toothbrush provides an even better benefit. This type of toothbrush allows you to choose a toothbrush head that fits comfortably in your mouth and even has a variety of bristles, including one that caters to individuals with sensitive teeth. Because the toothbrush head automatically moves in a circular motion, you can simply glide the toothbrush over your teeth.
Find a Floss that Works Best for You
When flossing your teeth, there are a few tips that you can use that will help streamline the process:
- Don’t be afraid to use a lot – even up to a foot each time. Being stingy with your floss can make it difficult to grasp and cause frustration.
- Invest in a Waterpik® water flosser that can flush trapped food. This is especially beneficial if you wear orthodontics or a restorative device.
- Carry flosser picks with you that can be used after eating throughout the day. They have an easy, flexible handle on one end and a straight piece of floss on the other end that can easily mold around your tooth to effectively remove any trapped food.
- Use gentle techniques. Being too aggressive can damage your gums and lead to bleeding and irritation.
Keep it Short and Sweet
When brushing your teeth, don’t use aggressive techniques or brush too long. Although longer may seem to be better, you only need to brush your teeth for a maximum of two minutes. Set a timer on your phone to help you keep track of time and before you know it, that alarm will sound.
Book Your Dental Cleaning Today
General dentist Dr. Bailey is passionate about educating patients on the proper ways to brush and floss at our Knoxville practice so they can maintain their pearly whites. To book your consultation, contact us today online or by calling (865) 588-1294.