October is National Dental Hygiene Month!
The majority of people who visit their dentist regularly have most likely heard their dentist and/or dental hygienist give them dental hygiene tips. The most basic tips usually include, “brush your teeth twice a day and don’t forget to floss daily,” which is accurate but there are other ways that you can maximize your dental hygiene routine. Try out the following tips to extend the life span of your natural teeth:
1. Brush your teeth at a 45-degree angle
This allows the toothbrush bristles to reach underneath the gums and clear out bacteria at the gum line. Most people tend to angle their toothbrush perpendicular to the teeth, which only allows the bristles to clean the tooth’s surface and slightly in between the teeth—but not below the gum line.
2. Don’t brush too hard
Brushing your teeth with too much force and pressure can actually cause gum recession (when the gums pull away from the teeth, painfully exposing the tooth’s roots) and enamel erosion (the wearing away of the tooth’s protective outer surface). This can lead to tooth sensitivity.
3. Use a toothbrush that is small enough to reach into hard-to-reach spaces
The very back of your mouth (where the wisdom teeth are supposed to grow in) is a tough spot to reach, especially if the toothbrush head is too wide and large for the mouth.
4. Bend your floss in a c-shape around your tooth
Bending the floss around the tooth in a c-shape cleans the inner surfaces of the tooth more thoroughly than keeping it held straight in between the teeth.
5. Use a new toothbrush every 3 months
Toothbrushes get dull after about 12 weeks, so it’s best to purchase a new one every three months.
6. Incorporate mouthwash into your hygiene routine
Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash to kill any lingering cavity-causing bacteria after brushing your teeth.
In order to keep your mouth cavity-free, keeping up with your dental hygiene is crucial. Advanced DDS is a premiere dental practice in Garden City, NY where our dentists only provide the highest quality of care. Schedule your dental hygiene appointment at 516-825-1100.