happy young woman with her sweater off her shoulders pulls her hair behind her ears showing off her beautiful smileDental health should always be a concern in your life. It doesn’t matter if you visit the dentist frequently, you should still take matters into your own hands. Poor dental hygiene can result in gum disease, tooth decay, and even tooth loss. Though we still expect to see you every 6 months at Divine Smiles, we want to give you some tips to keep your teeth clean until it’s entirely safe to come to see us again.

Your Dental Hygiene Routine

We all know that we should brush and floss. But, do you know the appropriate methods for each of these habits?

Brushing Your Pearly Whites

First, let’s talk about brushing your teeth. Most people only brush their teeth for 45 seconds each time. Unfortunately, this just isn’t good enough. With research and testing, dentists far and wide conclude that you should brush your teeth for at least two minutes, twice a day.

As it turns out, when you brush for two minutes, you remove the optimal amount of plaque. Disregarding the time frame can lead to plaque buildup and, therefore, cavities.

Flossing the Right Way

young man flosses his teeth in front of the bathroom mirror

Next, we’ll touch on flossing. What most people don’t know is that a lack of flossing can lead to plaque buildup. This buildup causes tartar, or hard, white spots, to form on your teeth. Many of our patients don’t want discoloration on their teeth, and, unfortunately, tartar isn’t easy to remove. Only your dentist will be able to remove tartar, and it could take extreme efforts. 

So, to floss correctly, you’ll need about 18 inches of dental floss. By using 18 inches of dental floss, you’ll ensure that each space between your teeth gets a new–clean–section. This, in turn, means that you’re removing plaque instead of spreading it to different teeth.

When you floss, be sure to slide the dental floss up and down each side of each tooth. First, start with the bottom of your tooth and gently slide up your tooth, on both sides, to ensure you remove plaque before starting on the next tooth.

Your Dentist Wants to Help 

Remember to maintain your oral hygiene at home at all times. And, if you’re concerned about your pearly whites, keep up with our dental blog for information about different dental treatments. To schedule an appointment in Woburn or talk to a professional, call us at (781) 396-8558 or message us online.