Dentists are all about the checkup. We’re sure you’ve heard the mantra: see your dentist twice a year for regular dental checkups. We can’t argue with that—dental checkups are important to your oral health. But do you want to know what’s just as important? The way you take care of your teeth and gums during the time in between dental checkups. Richardson, TX family dentists Drs. Nathan and Christine Coughlin are your partners in helping you maintain excellent oral health and a beautiful smile. And as your partners, we’d like to offer a few tips on how you can improve your oral hygiene routine at home.
Brush Twice a Day for Two Minutes
You probably already know that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day. But have you ever timed yourself when you’re brushing your teeth? If brushing lasts half a minute, then chances are you’re leaving behind some nasty debris and bacteria. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time.
Use a Soft Toothbrush and Fluoride Toothpaste
When selecting a toothbrush, always look for the word SOFT on the package. That indicates that the bristles are soft. These actually do a much better job of cleaning, and they are far less likely to scratch the enamel surface of teeth. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste, too. Fluoride is a natural mineral that helps to strengthen enamel so your teeth are better able to fight the battle of tooth decay.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Well, maybe the correct word isn’t forget—maybe it’s more like, “don’t decide that you don’t have time to floss.” Each tooth has five surfaces: the lingual, the facial, the chewing and the two that abut the teeth on either side. If you don’t floss, then you’re not cleaning two of the five surfaces. When you floss, you remove trapped particles of food as well as any plaque that has built up during the day.
Make Oral Hygiene a Family Affair
If you have young children at home, then you need to set a good example in so many ways. One of those ways is with good oral hygiene. Why not make brushing and flossing a family activity? If your children see you making a point of taking care of your teeth in the morning and at night, then they are much more likely to want to join. In addition, this is a good way to establish a lifelong habit of daily oral hygiene as they grow.
Contact Our Office Today
For more information on how better to care for your teeth at home, or to schedule a dental checkup, call Breckenridge Dental & Orthodontics, your Richardson, TX dentist.