By drscotto@drscotto.com
April 09, 2014
Category: Dental Tips
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Schenectady general dentistTaking care of your oral hygiene isn’t always the most exciting part of the day. Make your brushing and flossing count in order to finish them as quickly and efficiently as possible – and see a cavity-free mouth at your next dental appointment. Even if you’re cleaning your teeth as often as recommended, your techniques may be a little bit off. We’ve compiled a list of common brushing and flossing methods to try (and to avoid) to help your daily teeth cleaning make a big difference.

10 Pieces of Dental Hygiene Advice

Chances are, your oral hygiene could benefit from one or more of these tips. Which ones are you already trying? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Use fluoridated products – Some toothpastes and mouthwashes contain fluoride. This is great for many patients; primarily, those who have problems with frequent decay. Fluoride remineralizes enamel to protect the tooth and reduce sensitivity. Ask Dr. Scotto for fluoridated product recommendations.
  2. Incorporate a mouthwash – We know - this tip isn't about brushing or flossing. But mouthwash helps give your regular oral hygiene a boost. Mouthwash accesses areas of your mouth that toothpaste and floss can’t quite reach. It’s especially wise to use a rinse if you’ve struggled with gingivitis or periodontal disease. There are several different types of mouthwash, including antiseptic, fluoride, and combination.
  3. Use fresh floss for each tooth – Some patients make the mistake of using the same section of floss for their entire mouth. This can spread bacteria and plaque from one area of your smile to another. It’s easily avoided: use a long strand of floss, and unroll more as is necessary, unwrapping the floss from around your finger.
  4. Schenectady general dentistUse the right products – We’re using “right” as a purposefully vague term, because there’s no universal answer. What is “right” is different for every patient. The floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash that are best for you are the ones in line with your personal preferences and needs. Find the flavors, brands, and product types that you feel comfortable with.
  5. Wait 30 minutes to brush after acidic foods/drinks – Right after you eat or drink something highly acidic or very sugary, your enamel is softened and prone to damage (even by a toothbrush). It is important to brush afterwards, but a good idea to wait about 30 minutes before doing so.
  6. Brush at different angles – Some patients brush their teeth as quickly as possible, and forget to angle their brushes to reach every tooth surface. Read up on proper brushing technique to make sure yours is effective.
  7. Cup each tooth when flossing – It’s harder to floss correctly than it is to brush, and your flossing could benefit from a refresher on flossing guidelines. Make sure to cup each tooth and slide your floss up and down against the gum line.
  8. Create a flossing reminder – Find yourself forgetting to floss? Set a phone alarm, put a note on your mirror, or coordinate your flossing with a family member’s.
  9. Find a flossing aid – If flossing is uncomfortable or difficult for you to perform (for coordination reasons), look into a waterpik or a floss holder.
  10. Ask your dentist for personalized tips – Dr. Scotto knows your mouth inside and out, and can offer the best possible advice, tailored to your own needs. Feel free to ask any questions you may have at your next exam.

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Robert M. Scotto, D.D.S.
615 Union St.
Schenectady, NY 12305
518-374-9770

  

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