When it comes to caring for our smiles, we often hear about how important a “proper dental care routine” is, but what exactly is a good dental care routine? Obviously brushing and flossing are an essential part, but are you brushing and flossing properly? Today Renken Dentistry of Georgetown will cover how exactly you develop a proper dental hygiene routine at home.
Properly Brushing Teeth
When it comes to correctly brushing your teeth, there are a few things to keep in mind. Although hard bristles may seem like they would “clean better,” you should opt for soft bristles. Likewise, brushing softly is recommended as too much pressure can actually wear away enamel.
Properly Flossing Teeth
Flossing is another essential part of a good oral hygiene routine however you should make sure you are properly flossing:
Cleaning Your Tongue
People often think that bad breath is caused by not properly brushing teeth, but did you know it is actually typically caused by bacteria living on your TONGUE? Much like the rest of your mouth, bacteria also live on the tongue and can contribute to bad breath, dental decay and even periodontal disease! You should always scrape your tongue after brushing your teeth so ensure you get any leftover bacteria.
Rinsing Your Mouth with Mouthwash
Once you have finished properly brushing, flossing AND scraping, you should rinse your mouth with mouthwash for at least 30 seconds. Depending upon your oral health condition, your Georgetown dentist may recommend a specific brand or kind.