Oral hygiene & dental care tips
Proper dental hygiene habits are important for everyone. When children develop these good habits at a young age it is much easier to keep them up for their whole lives.
Everyone has different schedules and routines so we try to suggest home care that fits these schedules.
Flossing is the best way to clean between teeth and below the gum line, it should be done at least once per day. With about 18 inches of floss, wind most of it around each middle finger, leaving an inch in between. Pinch the floss taught with your thumb, slide it gently up-and-down between your teeth. Gently curve the floss around the base of each tooth, making sure you go beneath the gumline. Never force the floss, and use clean sections of floss as you move from tooth to tooth.
To brush your teeth, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Gently move the brush back and forth in a short circular motion. Bush all surfaces of your teeth. Make sure to brush your teeth twice a day for a full 2 minutes each time.
There are many different mouth rinses; each can have a variety of benefits. In general, using a mouth rinse is a good way to reduce bacteria in your mouth and delivery fluoride. Pour 3-4 teaspoons of rinse in a cup and empty cup into your mouth; Swish for 30 seconds and gargle. Once done spit rinse out.
Halitosis, aka bad breath can have many causes including dental cavities, gum disease, tobacco use, or sinus/throat issues. The easiest cure is practicing good dental hygiene, including brushing your tongue with either a tongue scrapper or your toothbrush. If the symptoms persist, schedule an examination with a dentist.