Develop a regular at-home routine for tooth care
It does little good to drink enough water only once a month, exercise only when the mood strikes and only sleep the optimum number of hours every once in a while. In order to keep our bodies working at peak performance, we must make a habit of eating well (with the occasional “cheat”) sleeping well, and drinking enough water regularly.
Brushing your teeth well only when you have the time, or choosing to floss erratically, will not ensure clean, healthy teeth and fresh breath. Maintaining proper oral health is all about consistency.
The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice per day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, following a tried-and-true technique. You must keep the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums, move gently back and forth in tooth-wide strokes as you give attention to all surfaces of the teeth: outer, inner, and chewing surfaces. Then you must move the brush in vertical strokes as well. Lastly, don’t forget to brush your tongue in order to cut down on bacteria and help keep your breath fresh.
In order for flossing to be effective, it must be done daily. Because bacteria builds up between the teeth and under the gums, flossing should be practiced regularly ; not just when you actively sense that you have a bit of food trapped between your teeth after a meal.
Here at Bienemen Dentistry, we care about your total oral health. In order to make that oral health possible, maintain consistency in your brushing and flossing habits.
If you have questions about maintaining a healthy smile, or if you would like to schedule a dental cleaning and check-up, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to serving you.