Taking good care of your teeth and gums is important not only for your oral health but for your overall health as well. Unfortunately, many people aren't too sure what a good oral care routine should look like. The Edmonton dentists at Azarko Dental Group have put together a comprehensive guide to help you establish an oral care routine for healthy teeth and gums.
Brushing removes plaque and food particles from the teeth, keeping your dental enamel strong and your gums in good shape. You should brush your teeth two times a day at the minimum, though ideally after every meal. When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush so that you don't damage your dental enamel, and brush for at least two minutes at a time.
Any Edmonton dentist will tell you that flossing is just as important as brushing. Floss can clean the spaces between the teeth where a toothbrush can't reach. You should floss your teeth daily, moving the floss up and down the side of each tooth at least three times but being careful not to snap the floss and hurt your gums. Use about 45 cm of floss at a time. If you're not a fan of traditional floss, then try flossing sticks or a water flosser instead.
Cleaning Your Tongue
Plaque bacteria doesn't just remain on the teeth and gums - it can settle on the tongue as well. It's a good idea to clean your tongue every day by gently brushing it with a regular, soft-bristled toothbrush. You can also use a special tongue brush or a tongue scraper.
After you've brushed, flossed, and cleaned your tongue, give your mouth a final swish with mouthwash for about 30 to 40 seconds. Now that there is less plaque and debris on your teeth and gums, the mouthwash can reach every nook and cranny of your mouth.
A healthy and well-balanced diet is an important component of good oral health. Make sure you are getting all of your key vitamins and minerals and that you limit your intake of sugary, starchy, and acidic foods. Acidic foods wear away at tooth enamel directly, while sugars and starches provide fuel for plaque bacteria, which creates acid as a by-product.
Routine Visits to an Edmonton Dental Clinic
A good rule of thumb is that you should visit your Edmonton dentist at least twice a year. However, your dentist will recommend that you visit more often if you form dental plaque at a faster rate or if you are at risk for certain oral health conditions. A professional dental cleaning will remove plaque and tartar from your teeth, lowering your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Routine examinations will also help prevent or catch oral health diseases in their earlier stages.
If you're looking for an Edmonton dental clinic providing comprehensive oral health services, then look no further than Azarko Dental Group.