Did you know that your home dental care routine is one of the MOST important factors in your oral health? Here are some quick tips to help you make it more effective.
Dental Hygiene Tips:
- Floss BEFORE you brush! Yes. Flossing will get the gunk out from in between your teeth, and the tooth brush will brush it away. Then the fluoride in the toothpaste can better penetrate in between the teeth and make the enamel more resistant to decay.
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to your gums and brush in small circles. And, don’t forget to brush the chewing surfaces of your teeth too!
- Brush your tongue! A lot of debris can accumulate on your tongue, and is most likely to be the cause of bad breath. Brush in a circular motion, brushing as much as you can (without gaging).
Good dental home care does more that keep your teeth and gums happy. New studies are showing that that our teeth and gums are greatly connected to systemic health. Periodontal disease is being linked to increased risks of heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s. As always, be sure to see your dentist and dental hygienist regularly! Those regular cleanings and check-ups are important. We look forward to seeing you soon!