Spanish Trail Dentistry is a dental practice offering affordable, family and cosmetic dentistry in Pensacola FL. Our primary goal when providing our patients with the dental care they need is to help them attain and retain beautiful, healthy smiles that last a lifetime!
In addition to seeing your Pensacola dentist regularly for dental checkups, it is also important to do some basic home care on your own to help keep your smile healthy. This home care includes eating a healthy, well-balanced diet while limiting sugary foods. It also includes making sure you are maintaining good oral hygiene at all times. Here is a basic guide for helping you take good care of your teeth and gums at home so you can enjoy a healthy smile for the rest of your life.
How to Properly Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth well takes more than putting a dab of toothpaste on your brush and quickly brushing your teeth. Instead, a good tooth brushing routine involves using a good quality toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride. You should be brushing your teeth after each meal and before bedtime using a good quality, ADA-approved soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste containing fluoride. Experts recommend spending two minutes brushing your teeth so you are sure to reach all tooth surfaces as well as between teeth and along the gumline.
- Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums and gently brush in small circular motions while making sure you always feel the bristles on the gums.
- Brush the outer, inner and biting surfaces of each tooth.
- To thoroughly clean the inside of the front teeth, use the tip of the toothbrush.
- After brushing your teeth, take the time to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and to leave your breath fresh.
It is up to you whether you use a regular toothbrush or an electric (battery-powered) brush as both types can effectively clean your teeth. If you choose to use an electric toothbrush, follow the same routine as above and be sure you spend a full two minutes brushing.
How to Properly Floss Your Teeth
It is very important to floss your teeth each day because flossing removes built-up plaque that collects between the teeth and along the gumline. When you take the time to properly floss your teeth each day, you will be helping to guard against tooth decay and gum disease to keep your mouth healthy.
- Pull between 12 and 16 inches of dental floss from the floss holder and wrap the ends around your middle fingers, leaving about 2 inches of floss between your hands.
- Guide the floss with your thumbs and forefingers between the teeth and then move the floss up and down.
- Wrap the floss around each tooth and guide it under the gumline. Then gently move the floss up and down to clean the sides of each tooth.
Once you get into the habit of flossing every day, it will be like second nature to you. There are many choices in dental floss from thin to thick to flavored and unflavored. Choose whichever type works best for you.
Don't Forget to Rinse Your Mouth
After brushing your teeth, rinse your mouth out with water to remove debris left behind. You should also rinse your mouth out with water after eating meals and snacks if you are not able to brush immediately after eating. If you would like to use a mouthwash to rinse out your mouth, check with your Princeton dentist or hygienist first to make sure the product is right for you.