Are You Sure You’re Brushing Your Teeth The Right Way?
Are you due for a visit to our office? We know that life is busy and it can be easy for time to get away from you. As we get older, it seems like time moves faster than ever. We encourage our patients to visit us at least twice per year for a routine hygiene examination and cleaning. During these visits, we inspect the state of your oral health and make treatment recommendations as needed. One of the best ways to avoid additional treatments is with your oral hygiene routine. We only see our patients for a short amount of time each year, so the bulk of our patients’ oral care lands on their shoulders. Are you using proper oral care routines to ensure your oral health is where it should be? Read on to see.
How to Properly Care for Your Teeth
As we age, the way we care for our teeth changes. Unfortunately, some of our patients learn a little too late the importance of being diligent with their oral hygiene routine. When children and teens have poor oral care habits, it can continue through adulthood, ultimately affecting their oral health. It is important to remember that the ultimate goal of oral health care should be to keep your natural teeth throughout your lifetime. One of the best habits that you can start for yourself and your family is to create an effective oral hygiene routine.
Brushing Your Teeth
Many of our patients are not aware of the proper brushing technique to effectively clean their teeth and gums. Some patients don’t realize that cleaning your gums and along the base of the teeth is almost more important than cleaning the tops of the teeth. An electric toothbrush can be helpful in cleaning teeth. It is best to hold the brush at a 45 degree angle, brushing the inside and outside of the teeth and paying particular attention to the gumline.
Teeth should be flossed at least once a day. Wrap the floss around your middle fingers, using only a small section to effectively get between teeth. Be sure to use a “c” motion to clean the teeth and into the gum line as well.
If you have any questions about the state of your oral health, are in need of a hygiene examination and cleaning, or need to schedule a recommended treatment you have been postponing, be sure to contact our office located in Denton, MD. We look forward to seeing you and your family soon!