Your daily oral care routine should be promoting good oral health.
Caring for your smile doesn’t have to be difficult. It only takes some thoughtful actions and a few minutes each day to give your teeth and gums what they need to safeguard against decay and gum disease. Thanks to a little help and care from our Waukesha, WI, dentist, Dr. James Murphy, follow these useful tips to make sure your smile stays on track.
Brush Your Teeth
Brushing is an art form, but one that isn’t that difficult to master. Even though you’ve probably been brushing your teeth by yourself since childhood, perhaps some techniques have fallen by the wayside or need a little tweak. Here’s how you can up your brushing game:
- Brush for at least two minutes each time you brush your teeth (set a timer if you don’t have an electronic toothbrush with a built-in timer)
- Brush twice a day, once in the morning and again at night
- Use fluoride toothpaste, which helps support healthy, cavity-free teeth
- Make sure to replace the toothbrush head when the bristles start to fray (about every 3-4 months) or immediately after an illness
- Also, brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth, as bacteria like to harbor in these places
Don’t Forget to Floss
Flossing is also a big component of your at-home routine. If you don’t floss, you aren’t giving your smile the thorough clean that it deserves. Brushing alone won’t allow us to remove decay, food, and bacteria from spaces between teeth. Only flossing can do this. Of course, you only have to floss once a day to maintain good oral health. While you can floss anytime, it’s preferable to floss prior to bedtime and before you brush your teeth.
Keep Up With Professional Dental Checkups
Visiting your general dentist in Waukesha is a non-negotiable if you want to have a healthy smile. Even if you are following these at-home brushing and flossing tips, you still need to come in every six months for professional checkups and cleanings. Just as a mechanic needs to look under the hood of your car to make sure that it’s still running as smoothly as possible, your dentist also needs to check your oral health to make sure that everything is healthy and that there aren’t any problems. This is the very best way to catch dental problems early on.
Why not go with a dental team with a proven track record of excellence? Here at Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI, you’ll get individualized care each and every time you step foot in our office. Need to schedule a dental cleaning? Want to learn more about what we can offer your smile? Just give us a call.