Sometimes in our every day, it is easy to get distracted and let our little habits slide out of place. Dental hygiene habits can easily go by the wayside during particularly busy times. The important thing is to get back on track as soon as possible. Here are some things to consider as you get back in the saddle.
Brushing Your Teeth: This is the most basic of all dental hygiene habits, and we have been doing it since we were children. But how is your technique? The American Dental Association recommends brushing for 2 minutes, twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush, as stiff bristles can damage your gums and tooth enamel. For the same reasons, use gentle pressure as you brush. Use short, tooth-wide strokes, and clean all surfaces of your teeth. Don’t forget the inside surfaces of your front teeth! Tilt your brush into your mouth vertically, and use multiple up-and-down strokes.
Flossing: Don’t forget to floss! It doesn’t matter if flossing happens before or after you brush, as long as it happens. It should take 2-3 minutes and should be completed once each day. Use single-filament thread when possible, as this prevents fraying. Use an 18-inch piece of floss to allow a fresh section of thread for each tooth. Don’t forget to floss behind your back molars!
Mouthwash: Adding a therapeutic mouthwash to the daily oral hygiene routine can be a good move for some people. Choose a product with the ADA Seal of Acceptance to make sure you are getting a good product, and choose one that helps kill bacteria and fight plaque (rather than merely freshening breath). If you need to avoid alcohol, be sure to read labels carefully. Do not give mouthwash to children under 6 years old.
Visit Your Dentist: Make sure you are supporting your daily hygiene habits with bi-annual visits to the dentist. This will make sure to catch any problems early and will help make sure your habits are effective. If you are in the Lake Havasu City, Arizona area, call Quail Ridge Dental at 928-855-5042 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jeffery Carver today!