The ADA recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day, especially before bed! A proper brushing routine should take at least 2 minutes. A good way to make sure you are spending enough time brushing is to use a stop watch and time yourself. While brushing make sure
- Brush the outside of all your teeth, the outside the part of your teeth that touches the inside of your cheeks
- Brush the inside, the part of your teeth that touch your tongue
- Brush the back teeth, the teeth in the way back are often neglected and can house a lot of plaque and tartar
- Brush the tops of your teeth, the chewing surfaces of your teeth have grooves that bacteria can stay in, brush them twice a day to help prevent cavities
- Brush your tongue to keep breath fresh and remove bacteria
Along with a regular brushing routine it is important to floss daily to prevent gingivitis. Proper flossing is an easy step to add into your oral hygiene routine and has extremely positive benefits. Flossing helps keep plaque at bay under the gum line and in between teeth in those tight little spaces. Removing the plaque under the gum line and between your teeth can help prevent tooth decay and gingivitis. Some flossing tips to keep in mind:
- Floss daily, make flossing part of your routine. Stick with it.
- Floss in between every tooth and gently wrap floss around tooth and gently push down on the gum line.
- Use a clean section of the floss for each tooth to make sure you are removing the plaque and not just moving it from tooth to tooth.