The New Year is just a few days away, and we’re all thinking (or trying not to) about our New Year’s resolutions. If you want to settle on a resolution that you’ll actually stick to, why not choose something you can easily add to your daily routine? As eager as we are to improve ourselves, we often abandon our more ambitious resolutions. At Smile Boutique Dental, we encourage you to improve your at-home oral hygiene routine. At-home care, along with regular dental cleanings in MA, is essential to maintaining your oral health.
Here are the three basic steps to a good at-home dental care routine.
Everyone knows the first step is to brush your teeth. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially before going to bed at night. To brush thoroughly, position your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to your gums and use a small circular motion along your teeth and gums. Make sure that you brush the outer, inner, and biting surfaces of your teeth. Plaque can build up on all sides of your teeth, not just the outer surfaces. Finish off by brushing your tongue to remove bacteria and freshen your breath.
Food can get stuck in your teeth, even if you don’t feel it. Some people will only floss when they can feel something stuck between their teeth, but you should floss every day. Flossing not only dislodges food from between your teeth but also disrupts plaque colonies, which prevents damage to your teeth, gums, and bones.
Although you may not realize it, rinsing your mouth after brushing your teeth is also an important step in your oral hygiene routine. Rinsing your mouth after you brush flushes everything you just removed from your teeth out of your mouth. Use mouthwash for additional cleanliness. There are many over-the-counter mouthwash products, so consult your dentist about which one will be the best and most effective for you.
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When was the last time you visited the dentist? If it’s been a while, make routine dental cleanings in MA part of your New Year’s resolutions. When you visit Smile Boutique, we’ll give you a thorough cleaning, plus simple and helpful advice about taking care of your oral health at home.