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What’s your personal oral hygiene regimen? For many of us, brushing and flossing habits are just things we pick up over time – and they’re not practices that we really think about or revisit. But taking a closer look at the way you approach your oral care could end up making a difference to your health.
A recent study showed that dental experts make different recommendations as to the most effective oral hygiene choices. Why does this happen? For one thing, there’s no set practice that is best for every patient. This ends up creating a bevy of brushing and flossing advice – and some of it is bound to be contradictory.
How can you move forward with the best possible oral hygiene? By spending some quality time with your dentist. At your next dental exam, ask Dr. Baudean or your hygienist about the state of your teeth, and what you can do to make your home care count. After all, we only see you in the office every six months; you spend hundreds of hours on your teeth at home. Make sure those hours add up to a cavity- and gingivitis-free smile.
In the meantime, read on for some tips on figuring out what ideal oral hygiene means for you.
The Most Effective Brushing and Flossing
Why do we brush and floss, anyway? It’s all done to disrupt the buildup of plaque on teeth. This sticky layer of bacteria forms throughout the day, as you eat and drink. If allowed to remain in place, it irritates the gums, and exposes the teeth to decay-causing acids.
Oral hygiene physically removes that nasty layer, leaving your teeth and gums healthy. By ensuring that your brushing and flossing are as effective as possible, you can both save time and end up with a disease-free mouth. You only need to spend a little time each day on your teeth – between 2-3 two minute brushings, and one flossing, the overall commitment is just about ten minutes.
As we mentioned earlier, you should engage in the oral hygiene that’s best for your personal dental needs. The way to learn what this means is to maintain regular exams. Our staff takes a careful look at your mouth, and is aided by professional expertise and specialized diagnostic tools. If you’re ever worried that a problem could be taking hold, don’t hesitate to schedule an exam.
So What Should My Oral Hygiene Look Like, Anyway?
- Find what feels comfortable – There are so many different methods of teeth cleaning, and there’s one that will feel right for you. If you typically strain to floss your teeth, try a product that will simplify the process (like a floss holder). If your teeth are sensitive during brushing and flossing, start using a fluoride toothpaste to remineralize the enamel. If your hands tire during brushing, invest in an electric toothbrush. Once you find what you love, you’ll be ready for superb hygiene.
- Choose products that fit – This ties in to our earlier point, but specifically addresses the toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash that you use on a daily basis. With the hundreds of products on the market, there’s something that will allow for a perfect fit.
- The minimum is: 2 brushings a day, and 1 flossing – As long as you follow this tip, and then brush and floss carefully and thoroughly, you should be able to keep your teeth clean and healthy.
- Stay aware of your oral health – You spend more time with your mouth than anyone else. Pay attention to what it’s telling you, and react appropriately.
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