A healthy smile is a radiant one, which is why your at-home oral care routine should be as important as visiting our Brooklyn dental practice for regular appointments. The health of your gums and teeth affect not just the way your smile looks, but overall health as well. To improve your oral health at home consider these simple tips:
Choosing the Right Tooth Brush and Brushing Correctly
Everyone knows to brush their teeth twice a day and floss once a day. However, did you ever consider how you brush and the particular brush you use makes a difference in your oral health?
You can brush more effectively by choosing a soft bristled brush and angling it at a 45 degree angle. This allows you to effectively brush underneath gums and remove deep debris. You should use a soft, circular motion, and take your time to thoroughly clean back molars as well as your tongue. If you follow these guidelines you’ll have a cleaner mouth.
Brushing and Rinsing after Eating
Changing up your diet can be difficult, but by rinsing after eating sugary foods and drinks, it make for a healthier smile. Most foods have some form of sugar in them, and its sugar alone that feeds cavity-causing bacteria. Brushing and rinsing snack or mealtimes helps remove debris left behind.
Rinsing with mouth wash that contains fluoride strengthens your enamel’s resistance to decay. By using mouth wash to rinse after you eat or drink, you remove debris, protect teeth, and freshen breath all at once.
Snacking before bed is detrimental to your oral health, as debris left behind sits in your smile and feed cavity-causing bacteria. Be sure to brush and floss your teeth right before you go to sleep to remove leftover food particles.
Habits such as smoking and chewing tobacco not only results in stained teeth, but also oral cancer and gum disease. The chemicals make it difficult for the smile to heal, especially if you are having a tooth pulled or other surgery on your mouth.
Taking care of your oral health is simple and easy with this advice. Don’t forget to visit Park Slope Family Dentistry for professional cleanings and check-ups, schedule an appointment today!