06 Sep Taking Care of Your Teeth at Home
We all know the feeling that creeps up just a few days before your six-month dental checkup. That feeling of not knowing whether your dentist will be proud of what he sees in your mouth, or whether he’ll tell you to floss more often or brush more thoroughly. At Scottsdale Dental Excellence in North Scottsdale, Dr. Jeffrey Clark wants to help you keep your oral health in great shape all year long. The following are his tips for taking care of your teeth at home.
This one might be obvious, but a lot of people are actually brushing their teeth incorrectly, or not brushing often enough. In fact, when 2,000 Americans participated in a dental hygiene study, it was revealed that three in ten millennials only brush their teeth once a day. And they have admitted to going more than two days at a time without brushing their teeth at least once.
If you’re wondering about correct brushing methods, here are the recommended brushing techniques to live by:
- Brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Move the brush back and forth in gentle, short strokes.
- Brush all three surfaces of the teeth, including the outer surface, inner surface, and chewing surface.
- Tilt the brush vertically and use up-and-down strokes to clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth.
- Brush at least twice a day with a soft-bristled brush.
Don’t wait until your six-month dental checkup to start flossing. Make it a daily habit that you incorporate into your nighttime routine of brushing your teeth. Although there are claims that flossing is not that important, the American Dental Association and the American Association of Periodontology continue to recommend daily flossing to maintain good dental health.
Dr. Clark in North Scottsdale also recommends that you continue your regularly scheduled checkups to help maintain great oral health and prevent oral diseases from developing. Don’t wait to start taking care of your teeth at home. Be proactive, and keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime of use!