Start incorporating these tips into your daily dental routine for a healthier, happier smile.
When was the last time you truly examined your current oral care routine to see if you were providing your teeth and gums with everything they need? If it’s been a while it may be the perfect time to start. After all, decay and gum disease can be prevented with proper oral care. Along with visiting our Pensacola, FL, family dentist Dr. Jennifer Georgiades for routine cleanings every six months, here are some good oral hygiene habits to adopt (if you aren’t doing so already),
Maintain a Regular Brushing Schedule
How often are you brushing your teeth? If you don’t have a schedule that you follow every day then you may sometimes skip out on your morning brushing routine or you may sometimes go to bed without brushing. It’s important that your entire family is brushing their teeth at least twice a day: once in the morning and again at night.
Make sure you are also brushing for at least two minutes. Some electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer but if you have a manual toothbrush set an alarm on your phone. You may be surprised to discover that you haven’t been brushing your teeth nearly as long as you thought you were.
Don’t Forget to Floss Every Day
Brushing is important for removing plaque from the front and back surfaces of your teeth, but what about spaces between teeth? If you don’t floss you are leaving a big portion of your smile untouched. The best way to prevent gum disease and cavities between teeth is to floss every day.
When you choose to floss is entirely up to you but choose a time where you know you aren’t going to be too tired to skip out on this important habit. If you have questions about flossing techniques, our family dentist here in Pensacola, FL, would be happy to address any questions or concerns you have about your current at-home dental routine.
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
It’s important that you are also using the appropriate tools for the job. Whether you choose to use an electric or manual toothbrush is entirely up to you, just make sure that you are using a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hard-bristled toothbrushes can often damage and wear away enamel.
There are two things you should look for when purchasing toothpaste: that the toothpaste has fluoride in it, which helps keep tooth enamel strong, and that the toothpaste has the American Dental Association seal of approval.
It’s important not just for your health to stay hydrated throughout the day but also for your teeth and gums. Especially if you are someone who loves to snack, drinking water often will help to rinse some of the food and plaque from your teeth and gums.
If you are dealing with a dental emergency, we want you to know that our family dentist Dr. Jennifer Georgiades and her dental team are still providing immediate care to patients in Pensacola, FL. For dental emergencies please call Emerald Coast Family Dentistry at (850) 944-9655.