Update your oral hygiene with these tips
Brushing the teeth two to three times a day is fine when it comes to keeping dental health issues at bay. Although, doing so does not give the mouth the proper attention it needs. Oral hygiene habits must be checked and updated to ensure good dental health.
There’s a right way to brush the teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing the teeth at a 45-degree angle to the gums, using short back and forth strokes across the top and the sides of the teeth. Next, hold the brush vertically, using a few shorter strokes focusing on the back of the front anterior teeth where plaque often develops. Dr. Kami Hoss recommends brushing for at least twice a day for two minutes. To keep track of time, choose a two-minute song or clip to listen to or watch when brushing.
Take delight in buying a new toothbrush. Be sure to choose ones that are small enough to reach the gaps of the molars. It has been established that brushing and flossing twice a day won’t keep the mouth in its top health. For a healthier mouth, include mouthwash to the regular dental hygiene routine.
There’s a reason why dentists recommend brushing two to three times daily and not every after a meal. Brushing too often may lead to gum and tooth enamel damage. Rinsing with plain water after every meal or snack is enough to keep the mouth healthy. Avoid sipping sugary drinks throughout the day to prevent sugar-loving bacteria from metabolizing it into lactic acid, which can lead to cavities.
Dr. Kami Hoss is the CEO of The Super Dentists, the largest pediatric dentistry and orthodontic practice in San Diego. He is also the chief executive officer of Acceledontics and Howard Healthcare Academy. For similar reads, head over to this blog.