For those who consistently attend their dental appointments twice a year, their dentists will advise them to take care of their teeth in between visits, which includes following a daily oral health care regimen. Maintaining proper upkeep with one’s teeth can result in not only a beautiful, bright smile, but can also prevent bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. Even on lazy days or days when there appears to not be enough time in the morning, it’s essential to try and stay consistent with a healthy routine.
It’s very important for individuals to brush their teeth at least twice daily to ensure the removal of excess food particles, debris, plaque, and bacteria. If left on the teeth, bacteria can eat away at the teeth and lead to cavities. When brushing, it’s important not to speed through the process. Individuals should spend at least two minutes in the morning brushing all of their teeth to make sure they are scrubbing as much away as possible.
It’s important not to forget to brush the outer surfaces, inner surfaces, and chewing surfaces of the teeth so as to ensure all areas of the teeth are clean. Individuals should also use a soft-bristled toothbrush and switch it out every three months. Using worn out toothbrushes are ineffective because the bristles are weak and unable to properly scrub the teeth clean.
Flossing should be completed at least once daily to ensure the removal of all leftover bacteria, food, and plaque that toothbrushes are unable to reach. When too much plaque builds up between the teeth and along the gum line, tooth decay and gum disease may develop.
Researchers have discovered that there are more than 500 bacterial species that have been found in plaque. Some of the bacteria are good and some of the bacteria are bad. To avoid an overgrowth of bad bacteria, flossing effectively is recommended. It’s important for individuals to know how to properly floss so that they are removing all of the bacteria. If you have are unsure of the proper flossing technique, ask your dentist to demonstrate how to effectively utilize floss or other interdental cleaners.
At McBride Dental, we provide our patients with the best oral hygiene recommendations, which includes demonstrating how to effectively floss, which toothbrush is the best for brushing, and which toothpaste and mouthwashes are the healthiest for the mouth.
At McBride Dental, we provide a variety of dental services to best suit each of our patients’ needs. One of the services we provide is preventative care, which consists of X-rays, deep cleanings, dental sealants, and thorough examinations. The purpose of preventative care is to limit the opportunity for oral infections to develop and damage the teeth and gums in the long run. If you are in the San Diego area and are interested in our services, call our office today to schedule an appointment at 760-471-1003.