A consistent and effective oral hygiene routine is one of the most important factors to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Practicing a thorough routine each and every day as well as attending your and twice a year dental checkups can give you a healthy mouth for many years to come.
The ADA recommends that you brush your teeth at least twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Using a toothpaste with mild abrasives can helps you to remove food particles and plaque from your teeth. Choosing a brand with fluoride also help strengthen enamel. When you are brushing your teeth, make sure to hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and brush one tooth at a time.
Flossing is the most effective way to remove food particles from between your teeth and along the gum line. This keeps plaque from hardening into tartar and reduces the chances of developing gum disease. Be sure to work the floss into a U shape to maximize the cleaning area and floss around the gum line where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Rinsing your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash can help to freshen your breath, kill bacteria and wash away residual food particles. While some mouthwash brands can help kill bacteria in the mouth, they cannot replace the ability of floss to remove food particles from between teeth and around the gum line.
If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine, please call us at 210-680-1550 in San Antonio, Texas to schedule your next appointment.