When it comes to dental health, prevention is your best defense against gum disease, tooth decay, and other oral health issues. Good oral hygiene doesn’t have to take a lot of time, but it does deserve thorough attention. The right brushing and flossing techniques can protect your smile and keep your teeth and gums healthy. Follow these tips to develop a solid preventative oral hygiene regimen and prevent gum disease:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day for about two minutes at a time. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush that’s in good condition. You should replace your toothbrush at least every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. When you brush, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your teeth and gently move it back and forth in short motions. Don’t brush too roughly, or you could irritate your gums. Be sure to also brush your tongue. Avoid covering your toothbrush when you store it, as the closed container encourages bacteria growth.
You should floss at least once a day. Start with around 18 inches of floss and wrap the ends around each of your middle fingers, leaving about an inch of floss exposed. Use that small piece of floss to start. Use your thumbs to push the floss gently between two teeth up to the gum line, and then gently wiggle the floss around to scrub each side of the tooth. Remove the floss from between the teeth and unwind another inch of floss to start the next tooth. Repeat until you have covered your whole mouth, constantly using fresh, clean sections of floss.
Rinsing with Mouthwash and Fluoride
After you brush and floss, use an antimicrobial mouthwash to discourage bacteria growth and remove plaque between your teeth. If you are prone to cavities, a fluoride rinse can make your teeth stronger and healthier.
At Colorado Advanced Dentistry, we can help you develop a good preventative oral hygiene routine. You will find the latest in dental technology at our practice, including the LANAP laser treatment for gum disease. Call us today at (720) 420-1130 to schedule an appointment.