Taking care of your teeth is important for many reasons—from preventing cavities and gum disease to maintaining your overall health. If you want to keep your teeth healthy, it’s important to ensure they’re as clean as possible. And the only way you’ll be able to do that is by following a good oral hygiene routine at home—and making sure that your kid continues this same routine once he or she is all grown up! Here are some tips for teaching yourself and your family about how to care for your teeth.
1. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
In addition to brushing with fluoride toothpaste, you can also rinse your mouth with water that has added fluoride. This is called “fluoride rinsing.” Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps prevent cavities and strengthen tooth enamel. It’s recommended as a way to protect your teeth against decay.
2. Floss every day!
To floss properly, use about 18 inches (45 cm) of floss at one time and gently slide it between two teeth using a “sawing” motion. Be sure to get rid of any food particles that are stuck between your teeth. If you have trouble reaching some areas with traditional dental floss, try using an interdental brush or water pic instead.
3. If you have braces, special brushes can clean your teeth more easily
4. Start at the gum line on the back of your upper teeth for the best cleaning
5. Eating a healthy diet is important to keep your teeth and gums healthy
Eating a balanced diet to keep your teeth and gums healthy involves:
- Avoiding sugary foods and drinks, such as soda, candy, and cookies/cakes.
- Limiting snacking between meals, because can cause tooth decay over time.
- Eating fruits and vegetables daily to get the vitamins you need for good oral health.
- Drinking plenty of water throughout the day, not just at meal times or when you feel thirsty (especially after eating). This helps wash away food particles left behind after eating, so they don’t stick around long enough for cavity-causing bacteria to grow on them!
6. If you’ve just eaten something sugary, wait 30 minutes before brushing your teeth
Instead, it is recommended to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. During this time, the saliva in your mouth will neutralize the acid and re-harden the enamel, making it less vulnerable to damage during brushing. Additionally, rinsing your mouth with water after eating sugary foods can also help to wash away food particles and neutralize the acid.
7. Don’t scrub too hard while brushing
Brushing with a gentle touch and using a toothbrush with soft bristles is the best way to effectively remove plaque and bacteria without causing harm. It’s recommended to use a circular or gentle back-and-forth motion when brushing and to brush all surfaces of your teeth including the fronts, backs, and chewing surfaces. Brushing your teeth twice daily for two minutes each time, along with flossing, is the key to maintaining good oral hygiene.
8. Choose a flavored toothpaste or mouthwash if it helps you brush or floss longer or better
Flavored toothpaste and mouthwashes can help make the task of brushing or flossing easier and more enjoyable for everyone because they contain sweeteners that mask the taste of the fluoride in the product being used. This can also improve overall oral health by making it more likely for people to regularly care for their teeth daily and encourage them to brush longer than if they didn’t have access to something more appealing than plain white paste!
Taking care of your teeth will help them last for a lifetime!
The best way to practice good oral hygiene habits is by starting at a young age and continuing them throughout life. If you want to care for your loved one’s smile, visit us at Damonte Ranch Dental Care. Dr. Ryan Waring is here to help you and your family keep a healthy grin. Call us at (775) 329-8886 or request an appointment online!
We’re committed to providing the best dental care possible, and we love our community and are proud to be a part of it. If you need help with your dental needs, we’d love to help!