When you want to get the best advice in any field, it is wise to seek a professional in the industry. For dental or oral health, talking with a licensed Dental Hygienist is the way to go. At College Avenue Modern Dental, we have an excellent team that is proud to educate and provide resources for all of our patients. So, you found the right place if you came to this blog to ‘brush up’ on your dental knowledge. Here are some of the best tips from a dental hygienist.
Don’t Assume You’re An Expert
Many people assume that brushing their teeth, no matter how frequently, is an easy and habitual activity. But, shockingly, 23% of Americans only brush their teeth a few times a week! Assuming your dental habits are acceptable can be a dangerous thought. Not only is our mouth the gateway to the rest of our body, but tooth decay can lead to severe infection. Instead of assuming you are doing it right, here are some tips to remember:
- Brush Twice Each Day. The best times to brush are first thing in the morning to remove bacteria that has been lingering in your mouth all night and right before bedtime to remove the sugar bugs from your day of eating and drinking.
- Brush for Two Minutes. Each time you start your dental routine, set a timer for two minutes. Dentists recommend this time as the optimal period to adequately clean your teeth.
- Use a Soft-Bristled Toothbrush. Medium or hard-bristled toothbrushes can damage your enamel. Instead, opt for soft-bristled toothbrushes.
- Replace Your Toothbrush. Over time, your toothbrush’s bristles will become dull and jagged leading to tooth damage. Replacing your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months and after any illness will ensure your toothbrush stays soft, gentle, and clear of bacteria.
- Floss. Brushing your teeth is a great start, but you are still in danger of cavities if you aren’t flossing. Flossing removes the sugar bugs that are stuck in between the teeth. Do this once every day!
- Avoid a Sugary Diet. A sugary diet is detrimental to your health for many reasons. Not only does sugar increase your risk for diabetes and heart disease, but sugar leads to cavity and tooth decay. Therefore, eating a diet that does not include much sugar is a great way to give your teeth the best chance at optimal dental health.
See a Dentist Twice a Year
Yes, this tip gets its own paragraph. We highly recommend seeing a dentist at least twice every year for a routine cleaning, exam, and set of x-rays. A dental hygienist can give you a deep cleaning that brushing your teeth at home cannot do. In addition, a bi-yearly visit allows your dentist to detect, diagnose, and treat any issues that could cause serious conditions if not checked. So, please visit us at College Avenue Modern Dental or schedule an appointment. New patients will receive their initial exam, cleaning, and x-rays for only $59! Happy brushing!