Practicing good oral hygiene is one of the most important ways to keep yourself healthy. If you’re not sure what to do, how to get your kids into good dental health habits, or anxious about an upcoming procedure due to poor oral hygiene in the past, then ask your Annapolis dentist for advice about how you can proceed. In the meantime, let’s take a closer look at the importance of good oral hygiene.
What Does This Mean?
It’s not hard to know when you have been following a healthy oral hygiene regimen. That’s because your teeth are clean and do not have any debris in them after you’ve had breakfast or a snack. Have you eaten recently? Your gums should also be pink, and they shouldn’t ache or bleed when it’s time to brush your teeth or use some floss. Also, if you don’t have to worry about having bad breath all the time, then you’re in good shape. If your gums tend to bleed or you do worry about how your breath smells, then these are issues to raise with your dentist and hygienist and ask them how you can make the problems go away.
How to Practice It
Practicing good oral hygiene is as simple as brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. Breath mints are a quick fix, but they only give a temporary boost and even when they are sugar-free, can still affect the health of your teeth and gums, not to mention your overall health. Brush twice a day and follow it up with some flossing. Make sure you balance your diet and limit the snacking you do in between more substantial meals. Look for toothpaste that has fluoride in it, and use a mouth rinse if your dentist in Annapolis advises you to do so. You can also help your kids by making sure they drink fluoridated water or get the supplements they need if the area where you live doesn’t already provide the fluoride.
Ways to Brush
Angle the brush to 45 degrees on your gum line and sweep or roll the brush’s head away from it. Make sure you get every part of the tooth – the inside, outside, and the top that you chew with; then once you’ve done that, don’t forget to brush your tongue!
Ways to Floss
Use eighteen inches of floss, giving an inch or two at both ends for your hands to grip. Then insert the floss and follow the way your teeth curve. Go under the gum line, but don’t snap the floss against your gums.
KEEP YOUR MOUTH HAPPY WITH ANNAPOLIS DENTAL CARE!
Whether it’s a regular check-up you need or a tooth extracted, Annapolis Dental Care has the expertise and compassion to work with you on improving your oral health. Your comfort and health are our top priorities, and so we go above and beyond to make our patients happy and give them the highest quality care. To set up an appointment today, please give us a call at 410-571-5014 or visit us online. For more oral health tips for you and your family follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube! We are always looking for new patients, so if you live in Arnold, Annapolis, or Anne Arundel County, MD, come on down!