To keep your teeth and gums healthy, it is essential to follow the right oral health advice. How often do you visit your Genesis Dental dentist for regular check-ups and examinations? Without routine visits to the dentist, your oral health could be at risk for serious problems. Here are some of the things you need to get in a habit of doing if you want to prevent tooth decay and serious oral health problems.
While this goes without saying for some people, you’d be surprised to learn how many people are not correctly brushing their teeth. It is important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing, as this will reduce problems with the gums receding as you brush. Gently brush each tooth with the toothbrush using a circular motion. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes to allow the toothpaste to properly cleanse the area. Always use toothpaste that contains fluoride to help strengthen the enamel of your teeth. Change your toothbrush every other month to prevent bacterial growth from forming on the toothbrush.
Flossing is a habit that few Americans actually practice. It is just as important as brushing the teeth. Flossing allows you to break up the bacteria that is found just below the gums and around the teeth. When you floss, gently rub the floss between each tooth and around the tooth to remove food particles and bacteria. Sometimes your gums will bleed when you floss, which usually indicates the first sign of gingivitis. Rinse the mouth with warm saltwater after flossing to stop the bleeding, and to help heal the gums.