10 May

What Your Dentist Wants You to Know About Daily Dental Hygiene

Everyone knows that they should brush and floss their teeth every day, but do you really know what you need to do for daily dental hygiene? While brushing and flossing are important, they aren’t necessarily the only daily care you should be making. Here are some of the things that dentists want you to know about how you care for your teeth on a daily basis.

Complete Brushing

Most people don’t brush their teeth thoroughly. You should be brushing every surface of every tooth. If you are doing so, it should take you at least two minutes to properly brush all of your teeth. This might not seem like much, but two minutes is longer than you think. Set a timer, and you’ll probably discover you’ve been brushing your teeth in much less time.

Correct Flossing

A lot of people don’t know how to use dental floss. You should use the floss between each tooth throughout your mouth. This is done by winding floss around your fingers to control it, then pulling between the teeth from the gum line down in a C motion. This removes debris from the gum line as well as from between the teeth.

Therapeutic Mouthwash

A lot of people use a mouthwash, either to rinse after brushing or to improve breath as needed, but few mouthwashes are actually doing anything other than changing the smell of your mouth. Therapeutic mouthwashes are harder to come by, and they will actually help improve your dental health. Using a therapeutic mouthwash after brushing and flossing can be beneficial.

If you aren’t sure about what you should be doing for your dental health or you need tips on proper dental hygiene, contact us today to schedule a time to visit and answer all of your questions.

Dr. Obrochta