Tips for Proper Dental Hygiene

Many common dental issues, including cavities and gum disease, can be prevented by following a proper dental hygiene routine. By taking care of your teeth, you not only keep your mouth healthy, but you can also boost your confidence and maintain good overall health. Below, the team at Red Bank Smiles has put together some proper dental hygiene tips to incorporate into your own daily routine.

  1. 1. Brush twice a day. Make it a habit to brush your teeth in the morning and before you go to bed at night. Brushing removes plaque and bacteria from your mouth so that your teeth are clean and your breath is fresh. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends brushing with fluoride toothpaste.
  2. 2. Floss daily. At least once a day, before bed, set aside some time to floss between your teeth to remove any food and debris. You can use traditional string floss, but we recommend a water flosser. This gets rid of any extra plaque or food particles that may have gotten stuck there.
  3. 3. Replace your toothbrush often. You should get a new toothbrush every three to four months. If you use it for longer than that, the bristles will get worn down and won’t be able to clean your teeth properly. Plus, germs can collect on the bristles over time.

  1. 4. Eat a balanced diet. Sugary and acidic foods and drinks are harmful to your teeth. While it’s okay to eat them in moderation, too much can accelerate tooth decay. Many healthy foods also have vitamins and nutrients that help keep your teeth healthy and strong.
  2. 5. Schedule regular checkups and cleanings. It’s important to see a dentist regularly. They can deep clean your teeth and make sure everything is healthy. The ADA recommends that you talk to your dentist about a schedule that’s personalized to your needs.

Finally, while you’re shopping for dental hygiene products, look for items that have the ADA Seal of Acceptance. That way, whether you’re buying mouthwash or sugar-free gum, you’ll know that you’re taking the best care of your mouth as possible. For more dental hygiene tips, contact Red Bank Smiles and set up an appointment today.

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