A cosmetic dentist practice serving Deerfield Beach, Boca Raton and surrounding areas, our office believes that dental hygiene is paramount. However, if an individual has never received adequate training on dental hygiene, then there is no way for them to know if it is being done properly. We want our community to be aware of the importance of dental hygiene and how what “proper” dental hygiene looks like.
Basics of Dental Hygiene:
- Brush your teeth twice per day
- Floss once per day
- Follow your daily brush and floss with a mouthwash rinse
- Clean your tongue regularly as well
- Get regular check-ups with a dentist
- Eat a healthy and balanced diet
How To Brush Your Teeth Properly
Brushing your teeth may seem intuitive, but there are actually specific steps you should take in order to make sure your brushing is thorough and effective. It’s not just about brushing your teeth twice a day but more importantly brushing them properly. According to our Deerfield Beach cosmetic dentist, your teeth brushing routine should take about 2 minutes. Spend about 30 seconds on each quadrant of your mouth. Make sure to brush the sides and top of all of your teeth because plaque builds up on all surfaces. Brushing should be step one of your routine.
How To Floss Your Teeth Properly
Flossing only needs to be completed once per day, but it is an extremely vital part of your dental routine. When done correctly, flossing removes plaque and particles that build up between your teeth and your gums. It is best to use a piece of floss instead of a floss stick, but something is better than nothing. Wrap the floss around your fingers and gently push it between each of the teeth. Following the curve of a tooth allows you to most efficiently clean your teeth and gums without causing any damage to the gums. Gently wiggling the floss back and forth may release stuck particles. Make sure to floss between all of your teeth, even the ones in the back.
How & Why To Clean Your Tongue
According to a cosmetic dentist, proper dental hygiene is not just about your teeth, but your tongue as well. Bacteria can build up on your tongue making your breath smell and putting the health of your teeth at risk. Your tongue can be cleaned by using your toothbrush, floss, or a tongue scraper. If you choose to use a toothbrush, add a small amount of toothpaste and brush your tongue in a circular motion. Floss can be used by wrapping each end around one of your fingers and leaving enough space in the middle to scrape your tongue. If using a tongue scraper, follow the directions on the package. Regardless of the method you use, clean as much of your tongue as you can without gagging and make sure to rinse your mouth at the end.
How Often Do You Need Check-Ups
Routine dental check-ups are recommended to be scheduled two times per year. During your check-ups, a hygienist will give you a deep cleaning. They may also take some x-rays for a deeper look into your teeth’s health. The dentists will examine your teeth, your x-rays, and may use other techniques to determine if further treatment is needed due to conditions such as cavities. If you are experiencing a more concerning condition such as gingivitis, your dentist may recommend additional daily care and more frequent check-ups.
Watch What You Consume
Some foods and beverages can be harmful to your teeth and their health. Dark drinks like red wine, tea, and coffee can cause staining and discoloration over time. However, there are treatments to fix this discoloration. Sweets and sugary foods can lead to cavities and acidic foods like lime can cause wear on your enamel. Although these foods should be fine in moderation, heavy consumption over time can cause serious dental issues. Chewing hard foods like ice or jawbreakers can cause your teeth to chip. Consuming adequate vitamins and minerals can also increase the strength of your teeth. As you can see, your diet can have major effects on your teeth in many ways.
With proper dental hygiene and a thoughtful diet, you can avoid many dental issues that people commonly face. Although your teeth will likely wear over time, proper care can increase the longevity of your teeth drastically. Make sure to follow the procedures documented above for proper dental hygiene as told by a cosmetic dentist in Deerfield Beach. For a check-up or for cosmetic dental work, give Boca Raton Cosmetic Dentists a call at (561) 999-0889!
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