Dental hygiene is not essential for merely having fresh breath or a flawless smile. Good dental hygiene ensures that your teeth gums look, smell and feel healthy and strong and signs of tooth problems do not appear.
At Apple Dental, our in-house team of trained dental hygienists will give you thorough information about which areas of your mouth require special attention and what dental hygiene practices are required to keep dental problems at bay.
How to practice good dental hygiene?
Having good dental hygiene is critical to your overall well-being as healthy teeth have an impact on eating habits, appetite, and also the way you look and feel.
Daily habits such as flossing and brushing need to be performed well to ensure good dental hygiene and to prevent dental infections and diseases from occurring.
With a few simple steps and regular visits to Apple Dental, maintaining good dental hygiene is easily possible. Here are ways to practice good dental hygiene as recommended by our dental hygienist experts at Apple Dental.
1. Proper brushing
Brushing is the most effective way of maintaining good dental hygiene as it removes food and other debris stuck between the teeth and keeps the gums healthy. Proper brushing can be done by holding the brush at a 45-degree angle to the teeth and brushing in an up and down motion and massaging the gums for at least two minutes. Apple Dental recommends brushing twice a day to prevent acid buildup on the teeth and fight tooth decay.
Flossing might seem like a chore but it is a very important aspect of maintaining good dental hygiene. Flossing removes particles stuck deep between the teeth where toothbrush bristles and sometimes even mouthwash cannot access. Flossing according to Apple Dental should be done at least once a day.
3. Use mouthwash
Mouthwash kills bacteria in the mouth and protects teeth from infections. It also keeps your breath fresh and your gums germ-free. Mouthwash should be used in combination with brushing and flossing and not as a replacement for either of these practices.
4. Cleaning your tongue
Cleaning your tongue is a practice that removes a multitude of bacteria that dwells on your tongue and causes a bad breath as well as be the cause of various dental infections.
5. Limit consumption of sugary drinks
Sugary drinks can cause acid formation which erodes the tooth enamel and also causes a discoloration of the teeth. The phosphorous levels in sodas and syrups can also deplete calcium from your teeth and cause early tooth decay.
6. Visit a dentist
If visits to Apple Dental are not a part of your dental hygiene program, you are doing it wrong. Dental visits are crucial to ensure the overall health of your teeth and gums and to maintain good dental hygiene as your dentists can spot early signs of dental problems and come up with solutions immediately.
Apple Dental is your one-stop shop for overall dental hygiene and can guide you on how to maintain good dental hygiene. Schedule an appointment with us today and take the first step to a squeaky clean mouth.