At Whiting Dental Center, we make sure each patient has all the information they need to maintain exceptional oral hygiene and a beautiful, natural smile throughout their lifetime. It bears repeating that there are three main components to practicing good dental health.
Brushing your teeth
Unless otherwise instructed by your dentist, use a toothbrush labeled ‘soft.’ Medium-bristled toothbrushes can be too tough on the gums and enamel for many patients. Even though many people believe that medium-bristled brushes provide a more thorough cleaning, it actually weakens their enamel and does more harm than good.
We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time. For optimal cleanliness, lightly hold the brush and gently brush your teeth rather than applying unnecessary pressure and ‘scrubbing’ your teeth with the brush. Be sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months, especially if you have been sick to make sure it is as fresh and clean as possible.
Flossing your teeth and gums
Flossing is an essential part of maintaining good oral hygiene as it is the best way to remove any debris or leftover food caught between your teeth or in your gums. We recommend flossing at least once a day, though we admit, twice a day is best to clean all sides of your teeth, especially in those hard to reach places like the back of your mouth.
Flossing helps to remove plaque that your toothbrush may have missed which is why it is never too late to start flossing, even if you have not flossed in quite some time. Don’t be afraid to wind some floss around those fingers and get your gums clean. It is completely normal for you to see a bit of blood once you clean under your gums for the first time in a while. Don’t panic. As your gums get used to the thorough cleaning that flossing provides, they will stop bleeding.
Using a mouthwash
While it is not a replacement for brushing and flossing your teeth altogether, using a mouthwash can help to cut down on the bacteria that may be hiding in hard to reach places in your mouth. Mouthwash freshens your breath and cleans your tongue, but remember to check with your dentist before adding any mouthwash to your routine, especially if it includes fluoride or peroxide.
At Whiting Dental Center, we are dedicated to providing best-in-class education and dental services to ensure your oral hygiene is the best it can be.