Improve Your Brushing and Flossing Habits with These Tips
Many patients at Walter L. Tippin DDS, Paul Apilado DD, Inc. believe that they cannot control their oral health because they brush and floss often but still develop cavities and other oral health issues. Your oral hygiene routine may be unintentionally harming your oral health and making you more vulnerable to dental problems.
El Paso, TX patients can improve their overall oral health by improving the brushing technique, changing toothbrushes often, using ADA approved products, and visiting their dentist.
Brushing & Flossing Often
The most important parts of your dental hygiene routine are brushing and flossing your teeth. You should aim to brush your teeth gently, using small circular brush strokes and going over teeth multiple times. Flossing should be done with care as well, making sure to curve it along with the tooth and use a zig-zag motion to remove plaque and food particles effectively.
Changing Your Toothbrush
The toothbrush is your tool when it comes to removing bacteria from the mouth and keeping teeth clean. It’s important to change your toothbrush whenever you notice the bristles becoming worn out or splayed or when you have been using it for several months. You should use a brush with soft bristles and may want to consider an electric toothbrush.
Choosing Your Toothpaste
While toothpaste may not seem important, it makes a difference in how clean your teeth and gums are. Use one with an ADA seal of approval that has active ingredients to strengthen enamel – fluoride – and inhibit tartar from forming – anti-tartar agents.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
If you notice that your teeth are becoming more sensitive, you should speak with your local dentist as soon as possible. It’s recommended that you visit your dentist at least twice each year so that your dental professional can spot potential dental issues and provide preventative treatment. Some common causes of tooth sensitivity include:
- Gum recession
- Cracks in teeth
- Plaque accumulation
- Acidic foods & beverages
- Improper brushing
- Grinding teeth
Schedule an appointment at Walter L. Tippin DDS, Paul Apilado DD, Inc. to learn more about tooth sensitivity and how to improve the way that you brush and floss your teeth, improving your oral health.