The Fundamentals of Basic Dental Care

Dental careBasic dental care is necessary to preserve the look, functionality and durability of your pearly whites. It is a mistake to assume brushing and flossing are all that is necessary for basic dental care.  Visiting the dentist is another essential element of caring for your teeth and gums.  Rinsing with mouthwash has also become another fundamental component of tooth and gum care.

Here is a closer look at basic dental care.

Brush the Proper Way

Brushing your teeth is not exactly akin to launching a rocket into outer space yet plenty of people flub this important component of basic dental care.  People tend to rush through their daily brushings or slack on their technique.  It is imperative that you brush your teeth at least two times per day.  If possible, go ahead and brush after lunch as well as breakfast and dinner.

Brushing after lunch is especially important for those who have suffered from periodontal disease or cavities. Your brushing sessions should last two minutes.  Spend about 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth.  Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.  Clean the entirety of your teeth including your tongue, gums, the roof of your mouth and your cheeks.

Finally, make sure your toothbrush has soft bristles.  Soft bristles are not a threat to your teeth, gums or restorations like the hard variety.  Replace your toothbrush every two to three months to ensure the bristles are adequately cleaning bacteria, food particles and other gunk off your teeth.

Floss the Right Way

Flossing correctly is an art form.  Once you perfect your technique, you will enjoy a thorough tooth and gum cleaning that makes visits to the dentist's office go that much smoother.  Use two long pieces of floss for your upper teeth and lower teeth.

Use a separate portion of each piece of floss to pluck out all the built-up gunk between your teeth and gums.  Move the floss in the shape of the letter “C” as you clean between the gum line and the tooth.  Try to pressure the floss against your teeth as opposed to your gums.

Finish Your Dental Care Routine With Mouth Rinse

Cap off your morning and evening teeth cleaning sessions by swishing with a mouth rinse.  Choose a mouth rinse that is anticavity, antibacterial and fluoridated for the utmost protection.  Rinsing with mouthwash will also make your breath smell fantastic.

Basic Dental Care Includes the Dentist’s Professional Analysis and Cleaning

Basic dental care is incomplete without the assistance of an experienced dentist.  Meet with your dentist at least once every six months.  This frequency of visits gives your dentist the opportunity to examine your oral health.  You will also receive a deep cleaning to wipe away all of that built-up plaque, tartar and other grime that has accumulated.

Keep in mind your daily brushings and flossing cannot clean all of this gunk off your teeth.  You need your dentist's specialized tools for a thorough clean.

Call (602) 438-9245 to schedule an appointment with South Mountain Family Dental in our Tempe dental office.

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