There is a common saying that you need 10,000 hours to master anything. If you spend less than ten minutes a day on your oral hygiene routine, you would need a lot of time to become a master. With that said, there are some tips that can help you improve even an already great oral hygiene routine. The cleaner you can keep your mouth, the less likely you are to face tooth decay and gum disease. A clean mouth is also more likely to look great and smell better than one filled with a buildup of bacteria. Your dentist in Fort Worth, Texas wants to help you improve your oral hygiene routine in an effort to keep your smile healthy.
#1: Master Your Technique
The American Dental Association recommends a brushing technique designed to reach every surface of every tooth. Start with your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums. Then use a short back and forth stroke to go across the surfaces of your teeth. Be sure to get the inside surfaces and all of the chewing surfaces. When focusing on the back of teeth facing your tongue, try holding the brush vertically and use several shorter strokes to remove the plaque that can hide there.
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time (2×2). Of course, brushing your teeth after every meal can be a great way to keep your teeth clean. If you stick with the recommended 2×2, aim for one of those to be right before you go to sleep. A sleeping mouth can get dry and can be a haven for bacteria to repopulate.
#3: Get a Thorough Clean
Brushing your teeth is just one part of your oral hygiene routine. Flossing at least once a day can help ensure that the areas in between your teeth are clear of debris and bacteria. Brushing or cleaning your tongue is another great way to remove bacteria.
Exams and cleanings are part of a good hygiene routine
Strong oral hygiene can help keep your smile bright and healthy. To schedule a consultation, call the 7Day Dental office closest to you! Our offices are located in Fort Worth, TX, at 817-405-2001 on Jacksboro Highway, or at 817-405-0195 on Seminary Drive. Our Benbrook office is now open, call 817-349-7860.