Brushing your teeth is a ritual that everyone should do daily, however to some it can often be a tedious activity that is squeezed in between eating breakfast and having a shower in the morning. It’s important to make sure that you are giving the proper time, attention and treatment to your teeth to ensure ongoing positive oral health. Follow the three steps below to ensure you’re maintaining a healthy smile!
1.Brushing your teeth
Many people do not brush their teeth correctly, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral health problems. Before brushing, it is important to choose the right toothbrush and toothpaste. Look for a brush that has soft bristles and can be either electric or manual. Choose a toothpaste that is suitable to your needs and when putting it on the brush, ensure that it covers the length of the bristles.
When brushing, angle the brush at 45 degrees to the gum-line and brush in a circular motion. Brush for at least two minutes and ensure to pay attention to each tooth individually to make sure all surfaces of the tooth have been cleaned.
2.Flossing and Mouthwash
Flossing is something most people forget to do, however it is just as important as brushing to ensure you maintain optimum oral health. Use floss by winding it around your fingers while gently easing it between your teeth with a gentle sawing motion.
To make sure all of the build-up you have loosened by flossing has been washed away, you should follow up your cleaning routine by gargling mouthwash. This rids your mouth of bacteria and can also strengthen your teeth should you choose to use a mouthwash containing fluoride.
Finally, regular dental check-ups are the best way to prevent any oral health problems. A dentist can check your mouth for any problems and clean your teeth professionally, with the aim of preventing dental health issues and improving your overall oral health. To make sure your smile is kept in top condition you should see your dentist for a check-up twice a year.
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