Are you one of those people that simply brushes their teeth twice a day and considers the job done? If so, you are not alone. While brushing is certainly an essential first step in learning to take proper care of your own teeth, there is more that you can be doing. At-home general dentistry is a process that everyone should be involved in. This will save you a lot of pain and possible trips to the dentist office down the road. In this post, we have prepared some general guidelines designed to help you gain more control over your own oral care.
If you brush your teeth regularly, that is certainly a positive first step. Doing it correctly, however, is another thing entirely. You want to make sure that you put your brush at a proper 45-degree angle. This should be angled at the gums, and you should then brush in a circular motion making small movement. You should always feel the bristles of your toothbrush on your gums. You also want to make sure that you are brushing your tongue. This serves two purposes: It helps to remove bacteria from your mouth and it effectively freshens your breath.
Do not neglect the importance of flossing your teeth. This is the most effective way to clean the food particles that build up between your teeth. These same food particles can get under your gum line, and flossing can help get rid of that as well. To do this properly, 12 to 16 inches of dental floss sting is necessary. Curve the floss until it forms the shape of a ‘C’ and then floss up and down between each tooth.