The best thing you can do for yourself is following a daily routine, but when it comes to dental health, what is the best daily teeth routine? Most routines involve brushing at the bare minimum twice a day. But doing just the minimum cannot guarantee that you will be free of any dental health problems like cavities. Today we are going to explore the best daily teeth routine, and what you can do to protect your dental health.
BrushingBrushing your teeth forms the foundation of the best daily teeth routine. But not everyone brushes their teeth with the proper routine. The American Dental Association recommend that you follow these recommendations:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled brush. Choose a toothbrush that will fit your mouth and reach all areas easily.
- Replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or when the bristles become frayed. Worn bristles will not be able to effectively clean your mouth.
- Choose an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride is naturally produced in the mouth and repairs damage to the tooth enamel. The fluoride in the toothpaste can help this too.
What is the proper brushing technique?After selecting the right toothbrush and the right toothpaste, you should consider using the proper brushing technique. It is surprisingly simple and you likely won’t have to adapt your natural brushing technique to accommodate. Just follow these steps:
- Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums.
- Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes.
- Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth.
- To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, just angle the brush vertically and make several strokes.
How often should I brush?To put it simply, brush your teeth for two minutes two times a day. The residue left by the bacteria in your mouth will build up during the day and at night, so it is important to keep up a consistent routine of brushing your teeth twice daily. Doing so will prevent excess plaque from building up and remove excess food. Plaque is a sticky white film that contains the bacteria. Whenever you eat a meal or a snack with sugar, the bacteria in the plaque will produce an acid that can eventually break down the tooth enamel. Plaque that isn’t’ removed will eventually harden to tartar. Tartar buildup can inflame your gums leading to gum disease.
FlossingIn addition to brushing your teeth, you should also floss your teeth. Flossing forms another core foundation of the best daily teeth routine. Flossing removes bacteria where the bristles of your brush cannot reach. Only 4 in 10 Americans floss their teeth according to a national poll, and 20% of Americans never floss at all. Simply flossing is not enough, but flossing correctly is just as important and making sure you floss at all. Flossing isn’t as complicated as it seems. Here are five easy instructions to floss your teeth correctly.
- Break off about 18 to 24 inches of floss. Wind the majority of the floss around your middle fingers, leaving about 1 to 2 inches of floss for your teeth.
- Next, hold the floss taut with your thumbs and index fingers.
- Place the floss between two teeth. Gently glide the floss up and down, rubbing it against both sides of the teeth. Try not to glide the floss into your gums, as this can scratch or bruise your gums.
- When the floss reaches your gums, follow the curve of the floss at the base of the tooth to allow the floss to get between the gums and the teeth.
- Repeat the steps as you move from tooth to tooth. Use a clean section of floss with each tooth.
Is Mouthwash Part of A Daily Teeth Routine?Mouthwash forms an important part of the best daily teeth routine. Mouthwash helps to rinse the teeth and gums. It often contains an antiseptic to kill harmful bacteria that live between the teeth and the tongue. It can help fight against bad breath and some people use it to help prevent tooth decay. Mouthwash does not replace a good foundation of brushing and flossing. It’s only effective if used correctly. In order to do so, follow these steps:
- Brush your teeth. Follow the above best practices to have your teeth cleaned well. However, wait a few minutes after using a fluoridated toothpaste, as the mouthwash can wash away the concentrated fluoride of the toothpaste.
- Use only as much mouthwash as the product instructs you to use. This is typically between 3 and 5 teaspoons.
- Empty the cup into your mouth and swish it around. Don’t swallow the mouthwash. Instead, gargle for 30 seconds. Some people find it helpful to set a timer.
- For best results make sure your teeth are freshly cleaned before using the mouthwash.
Whitening StripsWhitening strips put the finishing touch on the best daily teeth routine. Whitening strips should be used after your teeth have been cleaned. They provide an easy and safe way to whiten your teeth at home. Most kinds of whitening strips are very easy to use. Each brand will come with their own instructions, but keep an eye out for the following:
- First, brush your teeth before applying the top. This helps them adhere to your teeth better. Simply remove the whitening strip from its liner and place the gel side to your teeth, aligned with your gum line. Press the strip against your teeth for the best contact and fold the remainder of the strip behind your teeth.
- Then take note of the number of daily applications. Some require a single application per day, while others require two applications.
- Note next how long each strip should be applied. This can range between 5 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on how strong the product is. Read your teeth whitening strop instructions closely.
- Finally, note how long the regimen should go on. Some last a week, and others last up to a month.