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Do you want a healthy smile? Then it’s time you followed these helpful tips and became the boss of your own oral health.
Okay, so we know you’ve been brushing and flossing your teeth for a while now. Perhaps you think you know everything there is to know about caring for your smile, but do you really? You may be surprised how much our Greenwich and Stamford, CT dentist, Dr. Philip Bauer, can teach you about how to effectively give your smile the best clean possible.
Have the Right Tools for the Jobs
Yes, the products you use could determine how clean you get your teeth and gums. Opt for an ADA-approved toothbrush that has soft, rounded bristles. You will want to replace the toothbrush or toothbrush head about every three to four months, or as soon as bristles begin to splay out.
You will also want to use toothpaste that contains fluoride, which can help to promote strong, healthy enamel and even remineralize enamel that has eroded.
Get a Better Clean
When it comes to brushing your teeth our Greenwich and Stamford general dentist gives some helpful techniques that will give you a deep down clean you will notice right away:
- Place bristles at a 45-degree angle toward the gumline.
- Remember not to apply too much pressure to your teeth, which can damage enamel.
- Brush the front surface of your teeth with a circular motion. When it comes to brushing the inside surfaces of your teeth you will want to turn the brush vertically and brush up and down. Make sure you are also brushing along the gumline to remove plaque buildup.
- It’s always a good idea to watch yourself in the mirror to make sure that you don’t miss a tooth.
- Remember that your toothbrush is only equipped to brush one or two teeth at the same time so make sure that you are taking your time when it comes to cleaning each one. It should take at least 2 minutes to brush your teeth.
- The last step should be to brush your tongue to remove nasty bacteria that can lead to bad breath.
Floss for Life
Never be stingy when it comes to how much floss you use. Opt for at least 18 inches of floss and wind it around your middle fingers. Gently glide the floss in between each tooth in a sawing motion. Wrap it around the tooth and make sure that the floss also reaches the gumline. Remember to floss between each tooth (even back teeth) with a new, clean section of floss. If you haven’t flossed in a while you may notice that your gums bleed or are sore. This will go away the more often you floss. You should be flossing at least once a day. The more regularly you floss the better!
Don’t forget that an important component to getting a clean, healthy smile is to also visit our Stamford family dentist twice a year. Turn to Philip J. Bauer, DMD & Associates in Greenwich and Stamford, CT to get the care you need to maintain the very best smile.