Your smile depends on your dental habits. Do you think you are utilizing the right techniques? Brushing and flossing your teeth as required? Read on to find out easy, at home dental cleaning habits that you should develop to enhance your smile!
Using the right Equipment
A common misconception about toothbrushes is that they should be hard-bristled. It is highly recommended that you use soft-bristled toothbrush along with a fluoride toothpaste. Due to the advancement of technology, we now have battery operated and electric toothbrushes easily available. Using these toothbrushes will not only help in reducing plaque, but will also eliminate the chances of developing gum diseases.
Make it a habit to always rinse your toothbrush before and after brushing. After using it, store your toothbrush in an upright position and allow it to dry before you use it again. Some toothbrushes are now sold with covers, making them appear safe and hygienic, which is not the case. Covering them routinely will encourage the growth of bacteria and you will no longer be able to use your toothbrush.
Brushing twice a day
Brushing twice a day is an important aspect in maintaining oral hygiene. Make sure you brush for at least three minutes, twice a day. If needed, use a timer to assure that you are spending enough time taking care of your oral health. Brush the outer, inner and chewing surfaces of the teeth thoroughly so that you get rid of any food residue, germs and bacteria that may have accumulated. Use the tip of the brush for a gentle up and down stroke to clean the inner surface of the incisors. Don’t forget to brush your tongue to freshen your breath!
Reaching the tight spaces between your teeth and under the gumline is not possible with a toothbrush. This is why flossing is essential. Remember these tips while flossing:
- Gently glide the floss between your teeth. When it reaches the gumline, curve it against a tooth.
- Floss one tooth at a time. Gently rub the side of the tooth in an up and down motion and keep unwinding fresh floss as you progress.
- An interdental cleaner can be an effective alternative to floss – in case you find floss hard to use.