Dental Hygiene Tips for a Healthy, Happy Mouth

Brush your mouth properly, at least two minutes, twice daily! You shouldn’t just be brushing your teeth, because your tongue, your gums, and the roof of your mouth also need a good cleaning! To brush properly, place the bristles of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle toward the gum line so that the bristles are touching the teeth and the gum! Use a back and forth, up and down motion. Brush the surface of your tongue and the roof of your mouth to help get rid of bacteria that can cause bad breath. Remember: do not brush your gums too hard, remember to brush your teeth and gum lightly.

Pick the Right Toothbrush
Look for a brush with soft bristles that are small enough to reach into all the cracks and crevices of your teeth.

Floss Regularly
Brushing alone cannot completely clean your teeth. Brushing lacks the ability to get in between teeth. Hold the floss tightly between the thumbs and forefingers and gently insert it between the teeth. Curve the floss into a “C” shape against the side of the tooth. Rub the floss gently up and down, keeping it pressed against the tooth. Repeat on all teeth, including the back ones!

Be sure your diet is tooth friendly
Nuts, fruits (such as apples), cheese, chicken and vegetables are all teeth friendly! Limit intake of sodas and alcohol. These products contain phosphorus which can deplete the calcium level of the body which can cause tooth decay and gum disease.

Eliminate tobacco use
Avoiding tobacco can prevent you from periodontal complications such as oral cancer. Foods that are often used to mask the smell of tobacco often end up being sweets, tea, or coffee, all of which are harmful to teeth.

Regular Dental Visits
Make regular dental visits a habit! Regular visits to the dentist allow your dentist to track the progress of possible mouth issues, and the sooner it is taken care of the better!