Practicing good dental hygiene is a form of self-care. Yet, it can be hard to carve out the time we need to take care of our health.
To continue on this path, there are two things you must know:
- You are worth the effort it takes to maintain a healthy smile.
- What you do today matters.
Here’s how to get started on your journey to better oral health.
1. Schedule Routine Dental Cleanings
Your dentist is your partner in helping you maintain a healthy smile for life. But first, you need to schedule a teeth cleaning appointment with our dental office.
During your appointment, we’ll examine the inside of your mouth and possibly take X-rays. This will give us a full picture of your oral health.
We’ll also remove plaque and tartar so you can avoid cavities and other oral health problems.
In general, we recommend that our patients see us every 6 months. That way, we’re able to catch any issues before they have a chance to wor
Not only will this help you avoid future dental pain, but it’ll also help you save money in the long run. Preventive dental care is much less expensive than what it would cost to restore a badly decayed or damaged tooth.
That’s why dental hygiene is so important!
2. Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth may seem like a simple task. But it’s for that exact reason why people often skip it when they’re rushing to get out the door or put the kids to bed.
Dedicate two minutes in the morning and two minutes in the evening for brushing your teeth. That’s four minutes in total.
Brushing your teeth twice a day will help you remove plaque from the surface of your teeth and gums.
Take a moment to run your tongue over your teeth. Do your teeth feel smooth or rough? If your teeth feel rough or “fuzzy,” that’s a sign that you have dental plaque buildup.
The good news is that you canby brushing twice a day. Once plaque hardens into tartar though, it can only be removed by a dental professional.
3. Floss Your Teeth
once a day to remove any plaque hiding between teeth. To do this, wrap about 18” of floss around your middle fingers and pinch the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
Next, gently insert the floss between two teeth. Pull the floss against the side of your tooth until it makes a “C” shape. Then, move the floss up and down against the side of the tooth.
When you move onto the next tooth, reposition the floss between your fingers so you’re starting with a fresh section.
4. Start Using Fluoride Mouth Rinse
Fluoride helps to remineralize the enamel. This is important because once you lose enamel, it’s gone for good.
Patients who have lost enamel are more likely to have sensitive teeth. If you feel a twinge of pain or sensitivity when you drink a hot cup of coffee or indulge in ice cream, you may have already lost some tooth enamel.
The good news is that you can prevent further enamel loss by brushing, flossing, and using a fluoride mouth rinse.
5. Eat a Balanced Diet
It’s impossible to change your entire diet overnight. But you can start with small steps, like substituting pop for water. Little by little you can start changing your diet in the direction you want it to go.
By reducing your sugar intake, you’ll be able to keep down plaque buildup inside your mouth.
Learn More Dental Hygiene Tips
Our family dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, would be more than happy to help you achieve your smile goals! To request an appointment with Dr. Bandos, call Kalamazoo Smiles at (269) 353-3700.