Oral Hygiene

What your oral hygiene routine should consist of.  Steps to a healthy mouth and smile!

Brushing Your Teeth

  • The recommended brush time is 2 minutes, spending about 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth

  • Brush at a 45 degree angle pointing towards the gums

  • Brush all the surfaces of your teeth (the sides – inside & out, and the chewing surface)

  • Brush twice a day, morning and night before bed

Flossing Your Teeth

 

  • Flossing should be done at least once a day

  • Don’t forget to floss the teeth in the back of your mouth

  • It is recommended that you use a 45 cm of floss—wrap each end around your two fingers and gently lower it in between your teeth

  • When flossing, follow the natural curve of your teeth to avoid gum damage

  • Repeat for each tooth, using a clean strip of floss for every new tooth

  • Check out this video on how to floss from the ADA https://youtu.be/u-ILeWRotnQ

 

Cleaning Your Tongue

 

  • Using a toothbrush — put a little bit of toothpaste on your toothbrush and brush your tongue in circular motions.

  • Using floss — take a piece of floss and wrap the ends around each finger, gently use the middle to scrape and clean your tongue. Finish by rinsing your mouth.

  • Using a tongue scrapper — use the middle to gently scrape and clean your tongue. Rinse your mouth when finished.

Additional Oral Hygiene Tips:

 

  • Schedule regular dentist visits for check-ups and cleanings

  • Perform self-exams at home as part of your oral hygiene routine to make sure there are no abnormalities

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet

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How Do You Know If You Have Good Oral Health?

 

  • Check the color of your gums, they should be pink and do not get sore or bleed when you brush or floss

  • Your teeth should feel clean when you run your tongue over them, not grainy or fuzzy

  • You consistently have fresh breathe