We all know the basic rule of oral care: brush your teeth twice a day and floss them at least once a day. What a lot of people don’t know is how nuanced that basic rule can be if you want to maintain the best oral health. From diverse kinds of toothbrushes to different types of toothpaste, to specific guidelines for how to use a toothbrush. The most important part is to make sure that you are brushing and flossing daily, and that you see your dentist one to two times a year for your Tulsa teeth cleaning.
The nuances are important, though, as they can increase the lifespan of your teeth and help keep your medical bills down. With that in mind, here are some tips for daily oral health care.
Brushing twice daily is essential, but the type of brush, toothpaste, and the way you use the toothbrush can make a significant difference. Electric toothbrushes are often more efficient than traditional ones, as they are designed to imitate the optimum technique for brushing. This way, they can clean as efficiently as possible without you having to worry about whether or not you have the technique right. If using a traditional brush, make sure that you are moving the bristles in a slightly circular motion over the surfaces of all exposed parts of your teeth, your gums, and your tongue.
It’s important to avoid brushes that have overly hard or stiff bristles. Instead, choose brushes (or brush heads for your electric toothbrush) that have a soft or medium level of bristle strength. Make sure to use a fluoride toothpaste for maximum ability to combat the bacteria that grow in our mouths. Every three to four months it is necessary to replace your brush or brush head. It can also be a smart move to replace these after recovering from oral or upper respiratory infections.
Regular use of mouthwash can make a significant difference in your oral health. However, all mouthwashes are not created equal and it is important to check with your dentist to find the best brand and type for you. Floss, compared to toothbrushes and toothpaste, is a relatively simple matter. The varieties share the one important commonality, which is its shape. As long as you are flossing daily and making sure to get between all of your teeth, down to the gums, then you should be in good order. Your dentist can be the most powerful weapon in your arsenal against oral health problems. For this reason, it is important to schedule Tulsa teeth cleaning appointments twice a year.
What we consume has a substantial impact on our oral hygiene. It can make a significant difference when we limit consumption of such things as sugars, acidic foods and beverages, alcohol, tobacco, and other items that can cause inflammation of the gums or degradation of our teeth’s protective enamel. Another key tip is to take proper care of your toothbrush. Rinse it thoroughly with hot water after each use, store it in an upright position so that it can air dry and so that the bristles are kept away from surfaces and contaminants. Don’t cover the bristles for any length of time, as this can foster the growth of microorganisms on the brush and potentially lead to oral infections.
Make sure to keep a close eye on the condition and appearance of your teeth and gums. Listen to what your mouth is telling you: does it hurt, are the teeth discolored or loose, are your gums discolored or swollen? If you see any of these signs, and they persist, call your dentist and schedule a Tulsa teeth cleaning so they can care to and diagnose any problems with your oral health.