Tips for Better Oral Hygiene
Taking care of your teeth now can improve the odds that you will have them for a lifetime. Your teeth can contribute not just to a more attractive smile but also help maintain your facial structure and preserve oral function. Good dental health can also lead to good general health. Our Northridge dentist recommends maintaining good dental hygiene as one of the best ways to reduce your risk of dental diseases.
1. Brush after meals.
Brushing is critical to removing debris, plaque and bacteria. Hold your soft-bristled toothbrush at a 45-degree angle, and brush all surfaces of each tooth using small, circular strokes. Fluoride toothpaste can combat oral bacteria and help strengthen the enamel on your teeth. Change your toothbrush every three months, when it shows signs of wear or after an illness.
2. Floss daily.
Your toothbrush cannot clean adequately between your teeth. It may also not be as effective as floss for removing debris and plaque from along the gumline. Dental floss can clean these hard-to-reach areas and keep your teeth and gums healthier.
3. Use mouthwash. Antimicrobial or fluoride mouthwash can help decrease bacteria and increase your enamel strength.
4. Eat right.
A healthy diet just makes sense for good general health, but it can also promote good dental health by providing your teeth and gums with nutrients that are essential to their health. Limit your intake of sweets and processed foods and concentrate on getting more produce, low-fat dairy products, lean protein and whole grains into your diet.