As a comprehensive care dentist, it’s Aventura dentist Dr. Arun Garg’s goal to help our patients achieve healthy smiles for life. We provide a plethora of general and preventive dental services, but unfortunately, quality dental health can’t be achieved and maintained in our dental chair alone. You must practice quality at-home dental hygiene to take care of your smile.
Overall Dental Hygiene Tips
The American Dental Association recommends the following tips for taking care of your smile:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste. How will you know if a toothpaste will work well and keep your smile sparkling? Just look for the ADA seal of approval on the tube! Also, be sure your toothbrush is in good condition. Fraying bristles won’t clean your teeth thoroughly. To ensure that your toothbrush is in good shape, replace it every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed or you become ill.
- Visit your dentist at least every six months for professional dental cleanings and exams.
- Eat a balanced diet and limit your intake of sugar, acidic foods and drinks, and snacks between meals.
- Clean between your teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner to remove hard-to-reach bacteria between your teeth.
- Use a tongue scraper and a fluoridated mouthwash on a daily basis to rid your mouth of harmful bacteria and food debris.
How to Brush and Floss
Brushing and flossing your teeth aren’t effective if you don’t brush and floss properly. Follow these instructions to brush and floss your teeth like a professional:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum tissue.
- Move the brush back and forth gently in short strokes.
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of all teeth.
- Brush your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
- Tear off about 18-inches (about the length of your arm) of floss. Wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the rest of the floss around the middle finger on the opposite hand. Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
- Guide the floss between each of your teeth with a gentle rubbing motion. Take care when sliding the floss against the delicate gum tissue.
- At the gum line of each tooth, curve the floss around the base of the tooth in a “C” shape. Be careful not to push the floss too far into the gum tissue.
- Move to a clean portion of floss after each tooth.
- Repeat on the opposite dental arch.