Oral health is a big concern at all times, especially when you are faced with adverse oral health issues. You cannot deny the satisfaction of clean teeth and healthy oral hygiene; and although dentists can help in acquiring clean teeth, maintaining proper teeth cleaning habits is always up to you.
Here are 5 teeth cleaning tips to help you get a grip over healthy teeth and clean teeth with cleaning tips for your teeth.
1. Proper Technique
Brushing is one of the primary ways of teeth cleaning… however, if you are not doing it the right way it is of no use. Most people use their toothbrush in a back and forth motion, moving in straight lines. However, according to dental experts, you should be holding your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and move your brush in short circular motion for optimum cleaning results. Your toothbrush head needs to be pointed towards your gum line, for best cleaning results.
Flossing helps to reach to the difficult areas between your teeth where the bristles of your toothbrush cannot reach. Like brushing your teeth, flossing too needs to be done with proper technique. Methodical flossing helps to clean the difficult zones, curves and corners of dental structure.
According to the American Dental Hygienists’ Association, the proper flossing technique is as follows:
3. Change Toothbrush Routinely
Even though your toothbrush bristles may seem to be completely fine, smooth and soft, in spite of that it is important to change your brush every 2 to 3 months. If you are using electric toothbrush, get the heads changed in order to ensure that you are not transferring the bacteria in the toothbrush back to your mouth.
4. Brush with Baking Soda
Using baking soda once in a week or salt instead of your regular toothpaste can help your at home teeth cleaning. It is however important to make sure that you don’t swallow the baking soda solution or else it could affect your sodium intake. For swollen gums or painful gums, brushing with salt is often useful and beneficial to alleviate pain and swelling.
5. Quit Smoking
Nicotine and tar in cigarettes is known to damage teeth as well as gums. Smoking enhances the production of bacteria and plaque inside the mouth, which leads the gums and teeth towards a slow process of decay. Often teeth become stained as a result of excessive smoking. Not only for clean teeth but even to avoid early loss of teeth or oral cancer, quit smoking.
If you’d like a to learn more about proper teeth cleaning techniques, or to a teeth cleaning appointment at Philadelphia Square Dental Care please contact us at (530) 895-1999 or request an appointment here.