Maintaining excellent oral hygiene is crucial for both your smile and overall health. At Lotus Dental, we focus on providing our patients with the best advice and treatments for optimal oral hygiene. Here is a 7-step guide that includes brushing, flossing, and mouthwash use to help you achieve and maintain a healthy smile.
1. Brushing: Twice Daily
The Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily: once in the morning and again in the evening before bedtime. Brushing removes plaque and prevents the buildup of bacteria that can lead to tooth decay and gum inflammation.
2. Choose the Right Toothbrush
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and a small to medium-sized brush head that can easily reach all areas of your mouth. Lotus Dental recommends changing your toothbrush approximately every three months or when the bristles start to fray, as a worn toothbrush is not as effective at removing plaque.
3. Proper Toothbrushing Technique
It is important to use the correct technique when brushing your teeth. Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently move the brush back and forth in short strokes. Brush the outside, inside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth, as well as your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
4. Using Dental Floss: Daily Cleaning Between Teeth
Flossing is crucial for removing plaque and food debris between teeth and along the gumline, where a toothbrush cannot reach. It is recommended to use dental floss at least once a day to prevent dental problems and maintain healthy gums.
5. Proper Use of Dental Floss
When using dental floss, take about 30-45 centimeters of dental floss and wrap most of it around each index finger. Use a gentle motion to clean between the teeth, making sure to reach slightly below the gumline without being too forceful. Use a clean section of dental floss for each tooth to avoid spreading bacteria.
6. Mouthwash: An Extra Protection
Mouthwash can be a useful addition to your oral hygiene routine by helping to reduce plaque, prevent or reduce gum inflammation, and freshen your breath. Choose a mouthwash with fluoride for extra protection against tooth decay.
7. Regular Dental Check-Ups
Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups. At Lotus Dental, we can help identify and treat any early signs of dental issues and provide personalized advice on optimal oral hygiene.
By following these seven steps and with regular care and guidance from Lotus Dental, you can maintain excellent oral hygiene. Remember, good oral hygiene is not only important for your teeth and gums but also for your overall health.