How are Your Oral Hygiene Habits?
Make sure you are giving your teeth and gums the proper attention and care they need.
We know that most people understand that brushing their teeth is an essential part of keeping a healthy smile. Of course, just the act of brushing doesn’t necessarily mean that you are doing everything you could for your oral health. Our Novi, MI, dentist Dr. David Salah is here to provide helpful tips for maintaining good oral hygiene habits.
We know that brushing is an obvious habit but are you actually doing it right? Some brushing tips include:
- Angling your toothbrush head at a 45-degree angle toward your gums and brushing in circular motions
- Brushing at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and again at night
- Remembering to brush for a minimum of two minutes each time you brush
- Replacing your toothbrush head every 3-4 months or after an illness
While brushing is the best thing you can do to keep front, back and chewing surfaces of teeth clean, flossing is crucial if you want to remove plaque from between teeth and prevent decay in these areas. If you aren’t flossing once a day then you aren’t getting your smile as clean as it needs to be. Ideally, you should floss right before bedtime and prior to brushing, to dislodge and remove plaque and food from between teeth before brushing your teeth.
While maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile starts at home, you will still want to visit your Novi, MI, general dentist twice a year if you want to ensure that you are keeping teeth and gums healthy. These visits are pretty simple and besides giving you a cleaner, brighter smile, these exams are also instrumental in the early detection of decay, gum disease, an infection or other dental problems.
What you eat can also greatly impact your oral health. If you have a diet that is high in processed foods, sugars or starches then you’ll be at a much greater risk for developing cavities. Your teeth, gums and jawbone all need certain nutrients to thrive. Follow a healthy, balanced diet that offers a variety of vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy. Drink lots of water and avoid sugar, sports drinks, most fruit juices (unless they don’t have added sugar) and alcohol.
Do you have questions about your oral hygiene? Is it time for your next routine cleaning? Whatever the case might be, the dental team at Progressive Dental Group is here to help. Call us today.