Everyone would like to have a bright smile. Good oral hygiene is not only good for your smile, it is necessary to maintain a healthy mouth. Visiting your dentist regularly is the best way to receive comprehensive oral examinations and professional dental cleanings. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day. It is important to use fluoride toothpaste when brushing. Many people don’t realize that you need to replace your worn toothbrush every 3 to 4 months. Ask your dentist for the best brush density for your teeth and gums. Tooth brush bristles come in various strengths from soft to hard.
In addition to brushing your teeth, it is important to floss your teeth daily. Sticky plaque and harmful bacteria remain between your teeth even after brushing. Using dental floss or an interdental cleaner will help remove the potential tooth decay that a toothbrush can’t reach. Dental floss or the like is also good at removing food particles that can get wedged between your teeth or under your gums.
You can slow down and help prevent the build-up of harmful bacteria and dental plaque by using a mouth wash that is an antimicrobial rise. Mouth rinse that has fluoride in it will help prevent tooth decay as well as gingivitis. There are many multi-care mouth washes available in the marketplace, and using these mouth washes coupled with brushing and flossing will help you build a healthy oral hygiene regimen.
The ADA recommends eating a healthy, well balanced diet while limiting snacking in between meals. If you have questions regarding the safety of certain oral hygiene products; use products that clearly display the ADA Seal of approval.