Cleaning and Prevention

 

Big Happy Smiles are the result of good dental health habits. Although your dentist and hygienist play an important role in keeping your smile healthy, your dental health is dependent on your daily cleaning routine.

Brushing
Brushing your teeth is the most important step in removing tartar, food particles, residue from sugary drinks, and bacteria that causes decay and bad breath. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. The most important time to brush your teeth is directly before bed. It is often difficult to brush after lunch, especially if you are in school or at work, so simply rinsing your mouth with plain water is an effective habit to form. Remember to brush all the surfaces of your mouth that food touches. This includes your teeth, gums, roof and floor of your mouth, and your tongue. Brushing your tongue not only removes trapped food particles and bacteria, but keeps your breath fresh.

Flossing
After a full day of eating, tartar build-up forms on your teeth near the gum line and in between the teeth. Directly after eating, tartar is soft and easy to remove. After 24 hours, tartar begins to harden and becomes more difficult to remove. That is why it is important that you floss your teeth at least once a day. Flosses come in a variety of softness, waxiness and are also available in different flavors. For those with dexterity problems such as arthritis, floss picks and similar tools are available to help you with this important dental health activity. Make flossing a part of your pre-bedtime routine and it will become a healthy habit you won’t be able to break.