Things To Do Between Regular Check-Ups
The best way to take care of your oral health between visits to the dentist is to:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Use toothpaste with fluoride.
- Floss daily.
- Use a mouthwash rinse to help with plaque bacteria. It’ll also keep your breath minty fresh.
A daily oral hygiene routine is a nice and easy way to preserve the health of your teeth and gums. In fact, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends you brush twice daily and floss once a day. A mouthwash rinse helps to remove any bacteria or particles in your mouth that flossing and brushing didn’t get.
Firstly, brushing daily removes plaque from teeth. Using fluoride toothpaste is essential. This is because fluoride is not good for oral bacterial. It acts as a “catalyst” for enamel to take minerals from the saliva, which in turn protects and repairs your teeth from decay. Ensure to gently brush your teeth. Aggressive brushing leads to other issues like receding gums. Lastly, you can brush your teeth more than twice a day. However, don’t use toothpaste more than twice, daily.
Many people believe that flossing doesn’t do much, but they are wrong. Flossing removes plaque that your brush can’t get to. When you floss, reach between the teeth, and below your gumline.
Finally, if you feel as if your teeth are getting sensitive to flossing or brushing, ensure you tell your dentist. This may be an early sign of oral disease.