Dental Hygiene for a Healthy and Confident Smile
We all want a beautiful and healthy smile, but this doesn’t come without great dental care. Even if you have been told you have nice teeth and gums, practicing good oral hygiene for a healthy smile is essential. At North Mesquite Dental Group, we are all about healthy smiles, and below are tips to keep your dental health in great shape.
Brushing Your Teeth
It sounds cliché, but most people don’t brush their teeth well. The first step in getting it right with brushing is choosing a soft-bristled toothbrush since a hard-bristled toothbrush may damage your gums and erode your teeth. Spend at least two minutes brushing all five sides of each tooth. Don’t forget your tongue, as it harbors harmful bacteria that cause tooth decay and bad breath.
Brush at least twice daily, preferably in the morning and before sleep. As a plus, you could consider an electric toothbrush. Most have timers and different brushing modes.
Don’t Forget to Floss Your Teeth
Flossing picks off from where your toothbrush leaves off. Many of you skip this part, but it’s an essential ingredient to your dental care routine. Flossing removes food particles and plaque between your teeth—spots that are not easily accessible by your toothbrush. While there are different types of dental floss you can use, what matters is using the correct technique and doing it at least once daily.
An antiseptic mouthwash is a great way to reach areas not accessible by your toothbrush. When you use mouthwash for at least 30 seconds twice a day, you almost eliminate 100% of harmful bacteria in your mouth. However, mouthwash isn’t a substitute for brushing and flossing—it can only complement these two dental care practices.
Don’t Forget About Regular Dental Visits
At-home oral care is excellent, but you must see a dentist at least two times a year. A dentist carries out a comprehensive dental exam to detect and treat oral health issues before they become big, painful, and costly. Plus, we professionally clean your teeth to remove plaque and tartar in hard-to-reach areas of your mouth.
There you have it, folks—four steps to a healthy and confident smile. If you need more dental hygiene tips in Mesquite, Texas, please dial (972) 619-7763 to talk to Dr. Tina Floss.