All About Keeping the Mouth Clean
Take note of these practices that dentists say are the most important when talking about oral hygiene.
Brushing with the right technique. Your toothbrush is your teeth’s best friend, but use it correctly. Small circular motions to brush all the tooth surfaces per tooth is the right way, not that sawing back-and-forth motion. Don’t brush too aggressively and don’t use hard bristle toothbrushes. They can damage enamel and the soft gums. Use soft bristles and change the brush every couple of months.
Using fluoride in your toothpaste. Fluoride is well studied to cause the prevention of tooth decay by strengthening enamel through mineralization. Studies show that tooth brushing without fluoride is not as effective in preventing cavities.
Flossing once daily. Flossing helps in a way brushing may not. Those hard-to-reach areas, spaces between the teeth, and areas below the gumline all benefit from flossing. It is recommended to gently push the floss all the way down to the gum line before hugging the side of the tooth with up-and-down motions.
Using mouthwash. Mouthwashes complement tooth brushing and flossing, and certain mouthwashes contain antibacterial agents to fight plaque and gingivitis. And control bad breath.
Quitting smoking. Smoking does not only stain teeth into yellowish to yellowish brown color but also contributes to bad breath. Nicotine compromises the immune system and makes it difficult for the body to fight infections, like infections in the oral cavity. It delays wound healing and worsens gum disease.
Controlling sugar and starches intake. Studies have shown what a high sugar diet can do to oral tissues. Cakes, candies, soft drinks and juices have high caloric content and loads of sugar, increasing the risk for cavities. Starchy foods like crackers, bread, chips, and pasta, can linger in the mouth and break down into simple sugars that acid-producing bacteria feed. This acid can cause tooth decay. Fiber-rich foods are better recommended, such as fruits and veggies.
Drinking lots of water. Water is a better alternative to sugary drinks, even energy drinks. It keeps the mouth hydrated without leaving sugar or acid. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the most common cause of high cavity risk in a typical American diet.
Better Oral Health with Song Dental Lynnwood
Good oral hygiene is a cornerstone of dental health. We can teach you more and show you more health tips when you see us in Lynnwood.