May 13, 2017
Every day, for as long as you can remember, you’ve brushed your teeth. Sure – you may run out of time and have to skip flossing here and there, but you always brush to keep your smile healthy and bright. And, although you’re dedicated to this part of your oral hygiene, you may actually be putting your teeth at risk by using improper technique. That’s why your dentist in Orlando, Dr. John Russo, shares the best ways to care for your teeth in this post.
#1 Brush Correctly
Sounds easy enough, right? While many people may think they have this skill down, years of rushing when brushing and using sloppy technique can cause problems like gum recession, enamel wear, and even leave you prone to cavities. Use the following approach when brushing:
- Use a soft bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.
- Brush your teeth gently for two minutes, twice a day.
- Turn the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle when making contact with your teeth and gums.
- Use short, side-to-side strokes when brushing your teeth.
- Floss in the morning and at bedtime to give your teeth the most protection.
Need to brush up on your skills? Watch this helpful tutorial video from the American Dental Association.
Brushing only cleans a little over half of the surfaces of your teeth. To cleanse the areas that a toothbrush can’t reach, dental floss is essential. To make flossing enjoyable, try these strategies:
- Floss at least once a day – flossing before bed is the best use of dental floss, since dry mouth while sleeping can cause an increase in germs that thrive when you’re resting.
- Take your time and don’t snap floss between your gums.
- Switch to a satin-style dental tape that glides easily between teeth.
- When flossing, make a c-shape to clean the gums along both teeth properly.
- Use at least 18 inches of dental floss.
Unsure if you’re flossing correctly? This short video clip will help with your technique.
#3 Eat Smart
How you eat is as important as what you eat. Constantly snacking prevents your saliva from naturally remineralizing your teeth – it’s a continuous form of fuel to oral bacteria that causes tooth decay. And remember, snacking includes drinking sweet beverages like sodas and fruit juices, which basically bathe your teeth in sugar with every sip. Eat three times a day, avoid sugar, and minimize snacks in between meals to keep your teeth healthy.
#4 See Your Dentist
Even if you eat right and take excellent care of your teeth at home, nothing will replace professional oral healthcare from a trusted dentist like Dr. Russo. We’ll be able to get the full picture of your smile with x-rays, give you the deep clean your teeth need, and diagnose up to 120 medical conditions with a professional dental exam when you see us every six months.
So, if it’s been a while since your last dental visit, schedule your appointment with Dr. John Russo – we’ll take great care of your smile!
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