The most beneficial thing you can do for your oral health is to develop and maintain a good oral care routine. This consists of daily brushing and flossing and making sure that you’re doing it properly. These are not natural skills that we’re born with, however – we have to practice them in order for them to be effective. To ensure that you’re doing all you can for the health of your teeth and gums, here are a few answers to common hygiene questions that may help you improve your oral care in Norcross, GA.
You should be brushing twice a day and flossing daily in order to prevent a buildup of plaque, the main culprit of both tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. If you have already been affected by some form of dental disease or have a family history of it, it’s recommended that you brush a bit more frequently. When brushing, harder does not equal cleaner, so be sure to use gentle strokes; being too aggressive can actually be harmful to the gums and tooth enamel. Additionally, you should be visiting your dentist at Dental Now 14 about every six months for a cleaning and exam.
Your toothbrush should last several months. When you notice that the bristles are becoming worn or splayed, it’s time to get a new one. This will be approximately every three or four months, and a soft-bristle brush is recommended.
There are dozens of types of toothpastes to choose from, and they all promise different things. Whether you are looking for a toothpaste that whitens teeth, prevents bad breath, or just tastes good, it’s important to make sure that you get one that contains fluoride. This mineral helps to strengthen enamel and keep the teeth protected. Also look for an anti-tartar agent. When brushing, don’t rinse out the toothpaste right after brushing; by just spitting it out, you give the fluoride more time to work with the tooth enamel and be more effective.
The most important thing to do to address the problem of sensitive teeth is to figure out the cause. Most often, this is gum recession, possibly due to gum disease. When the gums recede, the tooth roots become more exposed, where they become more sensitive to pressure and extreme temperatures. Try brushing more gently and using a toothpaste that reduces tooth sensitivity.
Dental Now 14 is available in Norcross, GA to answer any other questions you may have about oral care.