New Habits for the New Year
We really can’t stress enough how important it is to follow good dental hygiene, to keep your teeth and gums in good condition for a long time. Make 2021 the year you take charge of your dental health and improve your habits. Here’s our list of the top 9 best dental hygiene tips for the new year.
Use the Proper Brushing Technique
It’s not enough to just brush your teeth twice a day; you have to use the proper brushing method if you really want to rid your teeth and gums of the plaque. The proper brush time is at least 2 minutes and should include both the outside and inside teeth.
Hold the brush so that it’s angled towards the place where your teeth and gum meet. Move it gently, using circular movements to dislodge the plaque without hurting your gums. When you’re done, wash off your toothbrush using warm water.
Brush Your Tongue
In addition to brushing your teeth and gums, it’s essential that you also remember to brush your tongue. Washing out your mouth is not enough. A tremendous amount of bacteria can develop on your tongue, and this can lead to additional dental problems if you don’t get rid of it. In addition, it can make your breath smell unpleasant.
When you brush your tongue, use both a side to side and a back and forth motion. Be gentle, as if you brush too hard you can do damage.
Invest in an Electric Toothbrush
There are numerous benefits to using an electric toothbrush instead of a standard manual one. These devices are much more effective at getting rid of plaque on the teeth and gums. Studies have indicated that people who use an electric brush have much healthier gums and less tooth decay. They also tend to keep their teeth for a longer period of time compared to manual brushes.
Replace the Brush Regularly
Whether you choose to use a manual or an electronic brush, it’s important that you change the brush or the head once every three months. The bristles tend to become abrasive at that point, which can be harder on your gums and possibly lead to inflammation. In addition, bacteria will build upon the brush over time.
Clean your Equipment With Every Use
Wash off your toothbrush or electronic brush well after each use, and store it facing upward. Don’t cover the bristles with anything as it dries, as this can develop yeast and mold. It’s not a good idea to keep a toothbrush next to other brushes, as they can cross-contaminate. Give each one its own unique holder.
Always Brush Before You Go to Bed
You should brush your teeth a minimum of twice a day, in the morning and before you go to sleep. However, many people make the mistake of falling asleep sometimes without carrying out this important task. Brushing before bed rids your teeth of all of the plaque that has built up on your teeth and gums during the course of the day.
Floss, Floss, Floss
Flossing is something that many people neglect, but the truth is, it’s just as important as brushing. The areas in between your teeth develop bacteria that you can’t reach when you use a regular toothbrush. It’s important that you floss on a daily basis if you want to keep your gums healthy.
Use a Water Pick
A water pick massages the gums remove little particles between the teeth and get rid of plaque. Most dentists recommend that you use one to support your oral health.
See Your Dentist Every 6 Months
You should see your dentist twice a year under normal circumstances and get regular cleanings. This will go a long way towards preventing gum disease and supporting your oral health. If you notice problems like your gums bleeding, loose teeth, swollen gums, a painful tooth, or bad breath, make an appointment immediately.
Follow these tips and your teeth and gums should stay in good condition. If you’re looking for a caring family dentist in the Stoney Creek area who can help you improve your oral health, consider booking an appointment with Dr. Mansbridge. You can Contact Us on our website, or give us a call at (905) 662-6700. We hope to see you soon!