What is your daily oral hygiene routine? Take it up a notch with these eight tips that will keep your smile shiny and bright.
Improve Brushing Technique
There is a proper way to brush your teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush, brush at a 45° angle, brush the outside and inside of your teeth and make sure you get every nook and cranny around your teeth. Also, don’t forget to brush your gums and tongue gently.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. Use a stopwatch or your favorite song to help you and your children keep track of time.
Pick the Right Brush
When choosing a toothbrush, select a brush with a soft bristle and small to medium size head as recommended. After that, the design and rest are up to you.
Pick the Right Toothpaste
Make sure that your toothpaste is safe and effective. Pick one with ADA seal and fluoride. This will fight plaque and prevent tooth decay.
You should have about 18 inches of floss, wind most of it around your middle fingers, leaving about 1 to 2 inches on each side. Make the floss tight between your thumbs and index finger, then gently slide it between your teeth and gently floss beneath the gumline.
Use a Mouthwash
Mouthwash freshens your breath, reduces plaque and gingivitis, whitens teeth, and soothes dry mouth.
Clean Your Brush
Keep your toothbrush clean by simply rinsing it off and letting it air dry after brushing your teeth. You should avoid covering or sharing your toothbrush, as this breeds and spreads bacteria.
Change Your Brush
You should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and after recovering from an illness.
By using these tips, habits, and routines, your dental hygiene will go from good to great. And don’t forget to see your dentist twice a year to show off your healthy and sparkling smile.
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