Not sure if your oral care routine is good enough or falling flat? Find out now!
While caring for your smile can often feel as simple as brushing your hair or showering, you may be surprised to discover that your oral care routine isn’t up to snuff. If our Naperville, IL, dentist, Dr. Joon Sun, has detected more plaque and tartar buildup during your last visit, then it’s time to figure out what you should be doing every day to keep your teeth and gums healthy and problem-free.
One of the best things you can do for your teeth and gums is brush regularly. By regularly, we mean at least twice a day. Make sure to brush the front and back surfaces of your teeth, as well as the gum line and your tongue, which harbors quite a bit of bacteria responsible for bad breath. While a lot of people brush twice a day, most are not brushing as long as they need to get a thorough, effective clean. Make sure to set a timer for a minimum of 2 minutes, and start brushing those teeth!
While brushing is great for removing plaque and food from the front and back of your teeth, your toothbrush won’t be able to get in between teeth as effectively. Floss is able to dislodge food, bacteria and plaque from tight crevices between teeth and along the gumline. Flossing once a day is all you need to do in order to keep teeth and gums clean.
Your Dental Tools
While the toothbrush you choose to use (manual versus electric) is completely up to you, there are some rules you should follow. For one, your toothbrush won’t last forever. If you have an electric toothbrush, you’ll want to replace the toothbrush head every three to four months, or once the bristles splay out. If you have a manual toothbrush, then you’ll want to just toss it and purchase another one. You will also want to toss that toothbrush head after an illness.
Most people know that sugar isn’t good for them, and while enjoying the occasional brownie or ice cream cone won’t hurt you, you will certainly want to limit your sugar consumption if you value your oral health. You wouldn’t believe how many cavities our Naperville general dentist sees, and this problem can be avoided by staying away from sweets, sodas and sports drinks.
If you need to schedule your six-month cleaning or are concerned about changes in your oral health, then call White Eagle Family Dentistry in Naperville, IL, today. We are here for you and your family’s smile every step of the way.