Nobody wants to put their oral health at risk and consequently have to visit a dentist when the situation is beyond your own control. That is why dentists around the globe suggest a few everyday dental tips to keep your oral health in check and avoid complications. On the other hand, if things do get out of hand and you’re looking for the best dental care around come over at Kennewick Family First Dental and we’ll help you with it.
Here are a few tips to get you started on your dental care right away.
- Choose the Right Brush: In a market where every company is promoting varieties of different toothbrushes, finding the right one for yourself might seem a bit overwhelming. For starters, you’ll have to choose between the common manual toothbrush or the electric one. The basics to choosing the toothbrush for you include many aspects. Most commonly though; a small-headed, soft bristled brush is the best option. Other things you should look for is if you’re more comfortable with a firm grip or a flexible one and if you prefer flat bristles or mixed dome shaped ones. There are countless varieties to choose for which one is the most suitable for you.
- Choosing the Right Toothpaste: Toothpaste is another oral hygiene material you need to buy according to your own needs. Toothpastes come for different problems for example whitening, sensitivity problems, plaque removal and many others. What you should go for is toothpaste that satisfies your needs because not every toothpaste is the right one for everyone. If you’re not sure what you essentially want to target, the best option is to go for fluoride toothpaste that prevents cavities. Whatever you choose, don’t forget to check the toothpaste for the ADA seal that ensures its quality.
- Clean Brushes: Keeping your toothbrush clean is a major checklist item. If you’re not cleaning your toothbrush properly and putting that same brush in your mouth it’s bound to cause oral diseases. The myth that a toothbrush with a cap prevents lesser bacteria and germs than one left out in the open, utterly wrong. The simplest way to keep a clean toothbrush is to properly rinse it with water after usage and let it air-dry on its own resulting in fewer chances of disease causing bacteria. Another tip is to change your toothbrush on time every three months as recommended by the American Dental Associate (ADA).
- Tooth brushing Technique: Firstly, to start brushing your outer regions your toothbrush must be at a 45 degree angle. You start brushing the outer surface of your teeth using a back and forth movement. Next comes in inner surfaces which are brushed by keeping the toothbrush vertical and using an up and down movement. Don’t forget the chewing surfaces also need cleaning as they’re the place where majority of the food particles get stuck. Lastly, you can brush your tongue with the toothbrush to remove any bacteria on it.
- Flossing: Flossing is a cleaning technique that involves taking a very thing piece of long string, ideally 18 inches, and making a C-shape of it to clean the lower gum-line part as well as the areas between two teeth. Floss reaches parts of your teeth your normal toothbrush can’t and help prevents plaque that may solidify into tartar.
- Mouthwash: Mouthwash is an optional but beneficial part of an oral routine. Specifically mouthwashes that contain fluoride provide an additional factor of strengthening the teeth and preventing cavities caused by the food we eat. During a mouthwash rinse, the leftover bacteria and germs also get rinsed away which leads to a cleaner mouth. Certain mouthwashes also come with additional substances such as chlorhexidine or cetylpyridinium chloride which help in rendering the bacteria helpless or all in all killing them immediately. Mouthwash can give you a cleaner and more healthier oral care and it takes only 30 seconds to do the job.
- Snacking: One of the most important factors is snacking. What you eat affects your teeth and if you don’t forget to brush after eating, you’re harming your teeth in more ways than you realize. Not brushing after a late midnight snack can lead to many dental problems that affect your oral care. So don’t forget to clean those teeth up twice a day every day.
If you live in or near the tristate area and you’re aiming for dental care that’s worth the expense and fulfills your satisfaction give us a call to set your appointment at Family First Dental, Yelm Street.