Proper oral hygiene is essential to good health. But not everyone takes the time or effort, and not everyone knows all they need about oral hygiene.
Here are a few tips you can incorporate into your oral hygiene routine.
Brushing your teeth
Regular tooth brushing should be an important part of your routine. But you need to be sure to brush properly.
“Many people brush regularly, but simply don’t brush enough for their teeth to stay clean. The ADA recommends brushing for at least two minutes, twice daily. Having trouble gauging your routine for this duration? Try listening to short song, cue up a two-minute YouTube video or set a timer on your phone to give yourself the time you need to thoroughly clean your teeth,” according to Colgate.
You’ll also want to make sure you have a brush with head and bristles small enough to reach the crevices between your molars, where food particles can lodge and cause trouble. Be sure to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and for fresh breath.
Flossing properly will help remove plaque that can cause gum disease.
” Ideally, use a piece of floss up to 18 inches in length, allowing you to use a fresh area of floss every few teeth without reinserting bacteria you just removed. Keep in mind the floss should rub against the teeth in a motion that creates a forward or backward ‘C’ shape, wrapping the floss around each tooth,” according to Colgate.
See your dentist
Don’t avoid the dentist.
“But spend some quality time with your dentist (twice a year, the American Dental Association advises), and you’ll catch problems such as decay, gum disease, trauma, or cancer at an early stage when they’re treatable, not to mention more affordable to take care of,” WebMD points out in this article.