Without a doubt, doing a great job with your oral hygiene regime is one of the best ways to avoid many problems with your teeth and gums. And when coupled with regular visits to our Brandywine / Wilmington, Hockessin and Middletown dentistry practice to undergo routine exams and cleanings, a good at-home oral hygiene routine can go far in protecting the health of your teeth and gums so you can enjoy a lifetime of happy and healthy smiles! So what does it take to practice excellent oral hygiene? Here is some information designed to tell you just that!
Brush Thoroughly Every Day
Oral health begins with clean teeth. When you brush your teeth thoroughly after every meal and before bedtime, you will remove tiny bits of food and a buildup of plaque to help keep your teeth clean and your breath fresh. Just be sure to brush all the tooth surfaces including between the teeth and along the gumline. Proper brushing takes about 2 minutes to complete, so if necessary, set a timer to ensure you’re brushing long enough to clean your teeth thoroughly.
Floss at Least Once a Day
Flossing is designed to remove any food particles or plaque left behind after brushing. You should floss your teeth well at least once per day, preferably at bedtime so your teeth are clean overnight. When flossing, gently guide the floss between your teeth using a rubbing motion. When the floss reaches your gumline, curve it against one tooth and continue on until you’ve flossed between all your teeth and on the backside of your back molars.
Don’t Skip Brushing – No Matter What
If you spend time away from home like when you’re at work or school, be sure to carry a small dental care kit with you that contains your toothbrush and toothpaste. This way you have no excuse not to brush your teeth after eating. And just because you’re not at home doesn’t mean you can rush through the brushing process. Take your time and spend the recommended two minutes doing a good job of brushing all the surfaces of your teeth.
Don’t Forget to Visit Your Dentist for Routine Checkups
Even if you think your teeth and gums are healthy, only your dentist knows for sure! That’s why you should make it a habit of visiting us at Dental Associates of Delaware every six months for routine checkups. With three offices in Brandywine / Wilmington, Hockessin and Middletown, we make it very convenient to visit the dentist so you can undergo those routine checkups and professional cleanings you need to maintain great dental health!