Our teeth require constant care to keep them from experiencing the ravages of tooth decay. The cornerstone of this care is regular oral hygiene practices such as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. A complete routine involves brushing your teeth twice a day. Further, your teeth must be flossed thoroughly and then rinsed with an anti-bacterial mouthwash. While you must practice the proper techniques during each stage, they’re relatively simple to master. McCartney Dental is proud to provide this guide to our patients to promote their effectiveness when performing dental hygiene care.
McCartney Dental’s Complete Guide To Dental Care
Few people out there find starting or maintaining a habit simple. Most of us struggle to keep up with our routines, especially when faced with the complications life loves to throw our way. Whether it’s a joyous event or a moment of tragedy, it’s hard to stay on track with habits like dental hygiene in their wake. However, it’s equally essential that these practices are done correctly as it is to ensure that you’re doing them consistently. While brushing your teeth at all is good, doing it properly is better. The first step is ensuring you’re keeping your enamel healthy using fluoride-based products. The second is mastering technique.
The following techniques will ensure you have a practical brushing session:
- Brushing twice daily is the foundation of your oral hygiene practice, morning and night.
- The second is taking your time. Take your time with it; it takes at least two minutes to be thorough.
- Adequate attention to each tooth is next. Make sure you don’t leave any out and get all the sides.
- While brushing, make sure that you keep your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, facing your gums.
This last step ensures that your bristles are getting underneath the edge of your gums. This helps them get in and eliminate the debris and plaque that can build up here. Once you’ve completed your brushing routine, finish it with dental floss. Whether you’re using the strand floss wrapped around your fingers, or are taking advantage of a floss holder, take advantage of this step. It digs out the food debris and plaque hiding between your teeth.
While flossing, follow these tips:
- Keep the floss tight against your teeth so that every contour is hit.
- Be thorough, go between every tooth, and cover from top to bottom in the space between.
- When you’re done flossing, rinse with a glass of water.
Once you’ve completed these steps, be sure to rinse with a glass of anti-bacterial mouthwash. This will rinse any remaining debris out, kill bacteria, and freshen your breath. This not only protects your teeth but prevents halitosis.
Get Additional Tips From McCartney Dental During Your Visit
The next step in perfecting your dental health routine is visiting our North Port, FL office. You can arrange your next appointment with Dr. Jonathan McCartney, DMD, by calling our staff at (941) 423-4334. They’ll find an appointment time that works with your schedule. During your visit, you can review your dental hygiene routine and get advice on improving it.