Finding The Oral Hygiene Routine That’s Right For You
Do you have to force yourself to brush and floss regularly? It can be a little aggravating to spend your limited free time cleaning your teeth. With all the little things you need to get done each day, it’s easy to overlook oral hygiene. But by taking some extra effort today to understand exactly how you should be cleaning, you can save time and energy in the future (and even enjoy the process).
How do you make fun flossing a possibility? By considering what type of floss fits you best, and making sure your technique is getting the job done. This extends to all dental products. With the number of options on the market, there’s something for everyone.
We have a basic guide to making your choice below, and would be happy to tell you more. All you need to do is get in touch.
Building a Daily Oral Hygiene Regimen
Sure, you know that you’re supposed to brush and floss each day. But when, for how long, and with which products? These tips will help you figure out a few answers:
Oral hygiene is most effective right after eating – After you eat or drink, food particles and bacteria remain in your mouth. There, they react with oral bacteria to give rise to acids. These erode enamel, aggravate the gums, and lead to dental problems. Try to clean your teeth right after eating to prevent these concerns. The exception is if you ate or drank something acidic – in this case, your enamel could be softened, and may be damaged by brushing.
Brush for at least two minutes – Time yourself with your cell phone to make sure you meet the time requirement!
Floss once per day – This is the recommended interval for flossing. It won’t take more than a few minutes. If you find yourself forgetting to floss, put a reminder on your mirror or next to your bed.
Brush between 2 and 3 times a day – Most people brush 2x a day, but after each meal is even more effective.
Use floss that’s comfortable – “Comfortable” means a few different things. Your floss should fit easily between your teeth (patients with crowded teeth may benefit from superfine floss). You should also be able to floss without your hands or fingers hurting. Some patients choose floss picks or water flossers.
The Lowdown on Fluoride Toothpaste
Some patients are freaked out by fluoride. The fact of the matter is, fluoride toothpaste is not dangerous when used properly. In fact, it remineralizes your tooth enamel to prevent cavities and sensitivity. Fluoride toothpaste is recommended for patients of every age. If you have questions about what fluoride will do to your teeth, just contact us.
We specifically recommend fluoride toothpaste for patients who have frequent cavities or enamel erosion (from grinding or acid reflux).
Do I Need to Use Mouthwash?
Mouthwash isn’t always necessary, but it can be a good idea. If you have problems with periodontal disease, we may recommend a rinse to help clean your mouth and gums. Be careful with excessive use of mouthwash containing alcohol. To be safest, try to only use products recommended by our dental team.
Personalized Tips from Our Callao Dentists
A blog post can only do so much to boost your oral health. You’ll need to arrange an exam in order for a professional to tell you exactly what your teeth need.
Been a while since your last appointment? Contact us to schedule one today. We’ll talk with you about your oral hygiene’s effectiveness, and the products that we think would be best for you.
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