Oral hygiene is a critical part of maintaining our health. It’s the primary step in a lifelong healthy smile and it’s something we all need to think about every day. While your dentist plays a vital role in maintaining your oral health and hygiene via regular exams and cleanings, the bulk of the work happens at home. So how do you practice good oral hygiene at home? The good news is that most of the time it’s fairly easy. With a few simple steps and some tips and tricks, you’ll be practicing good oral hygiene at home in no time!
The first step in building and maintaining good oral hygiene in your home is a regular, effective brushing routine. We recommend brushing twice a day at least, for at least two minutes at a time. Brushing after each meal would be even better. Make sure you’re using a quality toothbrush in good condition. When the bristles start to wear down, it’s time to change to a new one. A good toothpaste that meets your needs is important, too, and your dentist can recommend one. There are different kinds of toothpaste for children, folks with sensitive teeth, gum health, and whitening. Finding the right one for you is a big help in maintaining oral hygiene at home.
The next step, almost as important, is flossing. Done correctly and regularly–at least twice a day–flossing is a good step to prevent gum disease and maintain oral health. Like brushing, flossing requires quality equipment, in this case, good quality dental floss. The technique also matters, and learning to floss correctly is important in removing bacteria, plaque, and debris from the teeth and gums. Your dentist can teach you proper flossing techniques, and recommend the best dental floss for you. Flossing may feel like a pain, but it does things that brushing can’t and is important in keeping your teeth and gums healthy.
An often overlooked part of practicing good oral hygiene at home is diet. What we eat affects all aspects of our health, but especially oral hygiene. A diet rich in lean proteins and vegetables while avoiding sugars and starches can go a long way towards helping keep your teeth and gums healthy and happy. Sugars and starches feed the bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay, so they should be kept to a minimum. Vegetables, by contrast, contain vitamins and minerals that are necessary for good oral health and thus keep teeth strong, healthy, and clean. Changing up your diet can make your whole body feel better, so start eating healthy today.
By following these steps, paying attention to your teeth and gums, and investing some time in your oral health, you’ll help your smile last a lifetime. The other important part of the course involves regular trips to the dentist for exams and cleanings. These allow your dentist to help keep your teeth clean, ensure that everything is going well, and head off problems before they develop. If you need an exam or cleaning or want to talk about some other aspect of your oral health, get in touch today. We’ll make an appointment and our friendly staff will help you with whatever you need.