Everyone knows the importance of good oral hygiene but what exactly does that mean? Answering that question allows you to be proactive and to take an active role in your health. Here’s what you need to know to establish a good oral routine for sensitive teeth.
In an ideal world, you would carry around your toothbrush and toothpaste in your briefcase, backpack or purse and brush your teeth after every meal, snack and drink you consume. This isn’t very realistic for most people, so dentists recommend that you brush twice a day: one in the morning and another time at night before you go to bed.
Plan to spend about 30 seconds on each of the four quadrants of your mouth. Make sure that you use a soft-bristled brush that’s held at a 45-degree angle and pointing toward your gumline.
Floss at least once every day, paying particular attention to those teeth in the back. Use a generous amount of dental floss, wrap the ends around your fingers and gently follow the curve of your teeth as you slid it in between them. As you move from tooth to tooth, move the dirty floss aside and unwrap the clean floss from your finger.
Many people think that mouthwash is an afterthought or not even very important. In reality, using mouthwash can help your teeth stay healthy and even address some dental issues. See the dental team at Chianese Dental to determine the best kind of mouthwash for your needs. Once you’ve gotten the most effective kind, be sure to rinse with the mouthwash after you have first brushed your teeth and flossed them. Use just a small mouthful of mouth rinse before swishing it around in your mouth with your lips closed. Aim to swish for at between 30 and 45 seconds before spitting it out.
An oral irrigator — these are sometimes called a water pik — can be helpful when cleaning the teeth if you have a fixed bridge or if you were an orthodontic appliance. They work by using a stream of water to remove both particles of food and plaque from around your teeth.
It might surprise you to learn that it’s not eating sugar that’s the culprit behind cavities — it’s the frequency. Because it can take up to an hour for your mouth’s natural properties to deal with the acid that’s formed when you eat and/or drink substances that have sugar, your teeth are being attacked by acid until this process is complete. Using a fluoride toothpaste, drinking water and chewing gum that’s free of sugar can help speed up the neutralizing of these acids.
In addition to a solid daily oral care routine, it’s vital for the health of your teeth for you to visit the dentist regularly. For most people, this will be about every six months. There are some cases, though that Chianese Dental will recommend more frequent visits. Contact us today to schedule a cleaning and checkup!