Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?

By Phil Hart, DDS
June 11, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Oral HygieneMaintaining a healthy smile doesn’t have to be difficult. We can help!

When was the last time you wondered whether you were actually brushing your teeth properly? When was the last time you flossed? If you want to make sure you are doing a thorough job of keeping your teeth and gums healthy it’s important to ask yourself these oral care questions from time to time to make sure you are doing what you need to for your smile. From the office of our Bartlett, TN, dentist, Dr. Phillip Hart, here are some ways to promote better oral health:

Brush Twice a Day

Are you brushing your teeth in the morning and again at night before bed? If you said “yes” then congrats! You are doing what you can to keep your teeth and gum healthy and free of plaque and tartar. Just make sure your brushing technique is on point and that you are actually brushing for at least two full minutes each time.

Know When to Replace Your Toothbrush Head

Take a look at your toothbrush. Are the bristles looking worn and frayed? If so, it’s time to get a new toothbrush (or replace the toothbrush head). It’s always good to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, or as soon as the bristles splay out. Worn bristles can put excessive wear on tooth enamel, which can cause problems down the road.

Floss Before Bedtime

Along with brushing you should also be flossing daily to make sure you are getting all the plaque buildup from between teeth and along the gumline. While your toothbrush can certainly clean the front, back, and chewing surfaces of a tooth, in order to get spaces between teeth immaculate, you’ll want to take time to floss once a day (preferably at night before brushing your teeth).

Limit Sugar Intake

I think most people know about the dangers of sugar when it comes to your health, and your smile is no different. Too much sugar increases the amount of plaque buildup, which in turn greatly increases your chances for cavities. Limiting sugar is the only way to keep teeth and gums healthy. Nix sodas, sports drinks and other sugary drinks and replace them with water.

Visit Your Dentist

Even with the best at-home care in place you still need to visit your Bartlett general dentist twice a year. After all, nothing beats a professional dental cleaning. We will get teeth whiter, breath fresher, and completely get rid of any plaque or tartar buildup to prevent decay and gum disease from happening. Early detection is key to a healthy smile. Preventive dentistry could save you time and money in the long run.

Whether you have questions about your oral care routine or you need to schedule a routine cleaning with our Bartlett, TN, family dentist, don’t hesitate to call our office today and let us know that you want to schedule a visit with Dr. Hart.