Brushing and flossing our teeth may seem cumbersome at times. Many of us live busy lives, and we just want to get out the door or go straight to bed as quickly as possible, totally unaware of how we are actually brushing and flossing. Properly brushing and flossing our teeth is so important to our oral hygiene and overall health.
Good oral hygiene can prevent cavities, gum disease, and tooth decay while keeping your smile bright, your gums healthy, and your breath fresh. If you want healthy and beautiful pearly whites, follow these tips to improve your brushing and flossing:
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day. To help you establish this habit, try brushing your teeth immediately after you wake up in the morning and again before you go to bed at night. Of course, you should also use floss between your teeth once a day to remove the food and plaque that your toothbrush didn’t reach. So, leave your package of floss near your toothpaste as a reminder.
It is recommended to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that fits in your mouth and effortlessly reaches all areas of your mouth and teeth.
Your toothbrush should be replaced every three or four months, otherwise it may not properly remove plaque from your teeth and can introduce bacteria into your mouth. If you have been sick or your bristles are bent and worn down, you may need to replace it even sooner.
When you go to the store, you see so many toothpastes to pick from. There are toothpastes that whiten and toothpastes for sensitive teeth and gums. There are toothpastes that contain fluoride, charcoal, and coconut oil. When browsing the shelves, make sure you select a toothpaste that displays the ADA seal. These products are safe for your teeth and effective at removing plaque from your teeth’s enamel.
If you start to notice any dental issues, call Sunrise Dental of Auburn in Auburn, WA, to make an appointment with our dentists to get your oral health back to normal.