Proper Oral Hygiene Techniques
By AT Dental, PC
June 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Isn’t it time you discovered if you are doing everything you can to keep your smile healthy?oral hygiene

Caring for your smile doesn’t have to be an enigma, and yet a lot of people don’t know the first thing about keeping teeth and gums healthy. If you feel like you need an oral health 101 lesson in order to understand how to better care for your smile, our Lawrenceville, GA, dentist, Dr. Tu Nguyen, is here to provide a little insight into what will keep your mouth healthy and happy.

The Proper Technique

How you brush and floss your teeth is the most important part of keeping your teeth and gums healthy. After all, you could brush and floss as long as you please but it wouldn’t do an ounce of good if you aren’t doing it right. Here are some simple tips for proper brushing and flossing technique:

  • Brush at a 45-degree angle, angling the head of the brush at the gumline
  • Make sure to follow a back-and-forth motion when brushing the front of your teeth
  • Angle the brush head downwards and brush up-and-down to thoroughly clean the back of your teeth
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue, which harbors countless bacteria
  • Brush at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time
  • Use anywhere from 18-24 inches of floss
  • Make sure to use a clean section for each tooth you clean
  • Be gentle when guiding the floss between the teeth. Make sure to hug the tooth with the floss and floss in an up-and-down motion to remove plaque and food from the sides of your teeth
  • Carefully remove floss from spaces between teeth when you are done

The Right Tools for the Job

Make sure that when you purchase toothpaste that you are purchasing an ADA-approved one. This means that it’s been tested and approved to properly remove plaque from teeth. Always look for fluoride toothpaste, which also helps strengthen enamel and reduce decay.

The type of floss you use, on the other hand, is completely up to you. If you have braces you may want to use a different kind than someone who isn’t wearing braces. If you have questions about different oral products and which ones are the best ones for you, ask our Lawrenceville general dentist for advice.

Do you have questions about your oral health? Dealing with tooth pain or other issues? If so, then it’s time you turned the compassionate, knowledgeable dentists at AT Dental in Lawrenceville, GA, to help get your smile back on track. Call us today!

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