Most people care a lot about how their smiles look, but not all are sure what they should be doing between dental visits to keep their smiles bright, and more importantly healthy. If you fall into that category, the great news is that it is simple to form an effective dental hygiene routine, and that can help keep your mouth healthy and your smile beautiful. By taking a few extra minutes each day you can make your next dental checkup a gold-star worthy appointment.
What’s the Right Technique?
You probably learned, as a child, that you should brush and floss daily. But many people were never taught proper brushing and flossing technique. If you want to make the most of your efforts, it certainly helps to know how preventive dentists recommend caring for your teeth.
- Many people don’t realize that it’s actually safe, and a good idea, to brush teeth three times a day, not just twice. By brushing after lunch you can help remove staining beverages and food from the surface of your teeth, helping to cut down on the time bacteria can form and acidity can develop.
- When it comes to shopping, make sure you choose a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Otherwise you could actually damage the enamel on your teeth.
- After applying a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to the brush, angle the brush at 45 degrees from your gums, and begin making short tooth-wide strokes across the front and back surface of your teeth. (This should take two minutes, no less. If you don’t want to stare at a clock, listen to a song to signal when time is up.)