How to Establish a Good Oral Hygiene Routine

Do you want to keep your shiny, white teeth with you for the rest of your life? Are you concerned about your risk of developing cavities and your teeth falling out? Are you worried about what your mouth might cost you in the future? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you’re definitely not alone. Many people strive to keep their teeth and bodies as healthy as possible but many people also don’t know where to start. The best thing you can do for your teeth and gums is establish a great oral hygiene routine and visit your local Delta dentist for regular check-ups & cleanings!

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  1. Establish a routine: In order to make sure you are getting the most out of your oral healthcare practices, you should establish a daily routine. This routine should involve brushing and flossing your teeth every morning after your breakfast and then brushing and flossing before bed. Establishing a constant routine will make it easy for you to maintain a healthy mouth because it will become a part of your life that you no longer even have to think about.
  2. Brushing: By now, you probably know just how important brushing your teeth is. Your dentist can’t stress this enough and you have probably heard other people talk about brushing teeth at some point in your life. Brushing your teeth is the only way to rid your teeth of plaque. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time. You should brush once in the morning after your breakfast and then once in the evening after dinner. You should hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and brush in circular or vertical motions. Make sure to brush all surfaces of your teeth including the insides.
  3. Flossing: Many people are great brushers but then forget to floss. Dental floss is one of the most neglected products that reside in everyone’s home. However, it’s also equally as important as brushing because it rids your teeth of stubborn food particles and plaque that gets caught between your teeth. You should floss every time you brush your teeth, ensuring that you get between each tooth and cover every surface. Make sure that you follow the curves of your teeth to avoid damaging your gums.
  4. Brushing your tongue: Many people do a great job of brushing their teeth but then forget that bacteria love to hide on the tongue. You should gently brush your tongue with a regular toothbrush or a special tongue brush to eliminate harmful bacteria. If you are using a toothbrush, use gentle circular motions. If you are using dental floss, gently scrape the floss along the surface of your tongue.
  5. Rinse: After brushing and flossing, use water to rinse away any excess food particles or bacteria. Using a mouthwash can be helpful in eliminating any bacteria that gets left behind by your brush or floss. Swish a small amount of mouthwash around for 30-40 seconds before spitting it all out.

At-home dental care is an integral part of maintaining a healthy mouth and a healthy body. If you would like more tips and tricks to enhance your dental care routine, consult your dentist!