Did you know that you can play a major role in caring for your teeth, one much more important than your dentist’s role? You need to ask yourself if you are doing everything you can between visits? If you’re a normal person, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”
Be sure to brush twice daily every day, this is the least you should be doing. This is the ADA recommendation. These daily brushings are also the best times to floss as well.
If you’re teeth are sensitive to temperature extremes like hot and cold, you may need to try a special toothpaste to strengthen and seal enamel. Before changing to a special toothpaste however, see a dentist because it may not be as simple as needing a special toothpaste. Your dentist might be able to help determine if there is any special cause.
It is recommended that you not use hard-bristled toothbrushes. Hard bristles may cause gum recession especially if you are putting too much pressure while brushing, which can expose the delicate roots of the tooth. Additionally, hard bristles may scrape off tooth enamel. This combination will only make your teeth overly sensitive, so choose a medium or soft brush when purchasing a toothbrush.
Use a generous quantity of dental floss. In most cases, on average lengths of 20 inches is sufficient for your whole flossing event. Also, when using floss wrap it on two fingers in order to be able to control the floss while flossing while preventing it from slipping. You will need approximately an inch length of floss to clean between each pairs of teeth.
There are many ways to improve your oral hygiene and it is important to understand that it is not just your dentist’s responsibility. Use the tips from this article and there is a good chance you will spend less time in the dentist’s chair and receive compliments from your dentist on how good your oral hygiene is the next time you are at an appointment.