May 31, 2017
Ok, we know you’ve been brushing your teeth since you were a tiny little thing. But if you’re like most adults, you’ve lost some of the proper techniques along the way. Don’t worry — we all need a brush up on the basics from time to time! To help, your dentist in Ft. Collins has 4 simple tips for better oral hygiene below. Have anything you’d like to add? Let us know about it during your next checkup and cleaning!
#1: Brush Properly
Brushing the teeth isn’t the most exciting part of anyone’s day — but proper tooth brushing is the foundation of every happy, healthy smile. The American Dental Association recommends that people of all ages brush their teeth with a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day. (Brushing after each meal is even better.) Focus on each quadrant of your mouth for 30 seconds each, for a grand total of 2 minutes every time.
#2: And Don’t Forget the Floss
Dental floss should be just as much of a priority as your toothbrush — it’s the only way to remove the stuff you just can reach with brushing alone. Clean between your teeth at least once a day, preferably at night before you go to bed.
To floss effectively, wrap about 18 inches of floss around both middle fingers, leaving about an inch to work with in between. Slide the floss gently up and down between each tooth, remembering to clean behind the very last tooth, too. Use a clean area of floss with each movement to avoid redistributing the bacteria throughout the mouth.
#3: Think About What (And When) You Eat
Maintaining a balanced, low-sugar diet is as important for your oral health as it is for your systemic well-being. But when it comes to your teeth and gums, it’s not only what you eat — it’s also when, or how often. Your mouth does not work up as much saliva during a snack as it does during a meal, meaning more bacteria and food particles get left behind after those smaller victuals. Some people can’t get by without several smaller meals throughout the day — but if it doesn’t make you much difference either way, eating three larger meals is better for your smile health.
#4: Visit Your Dentist Regularly
And the last (but not least) important tip for good oral health? Regular visits with the dentist at Aspen Dental Care! Routine checkups and cleanings prevent the plaque and tartar buildup that put your oral health in peril. And when we see your smile regularly, we can detect and treat any issues conservatively, almost as soon as they develop!
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If it’s been more than six months since your last visit to a general dentist, it’s time for you to get in touch with Aspen Dental Care. We provide preventive care for smiles of all ages! Request an appointment today.
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