The Best Oral Hygiene Tips to Improve Your Smile

When our patients come to us, they often ask what they could do better at home for themselves and their children to improve oral hygiene. You only get one set of natural teeth, so taking care of them is of utmost importance. We recommend checkups and cleanings every 6 months to keep them healthy and white, but you could still practice better oral hygiene at home with these 3 quick tips from Sherwood Dental:

Use an interdental brush or floss

You could immediately improve your oral hygiene by using an interdental brush or flossing regularly. So much of what we eat gets stuck in between our teeth. An interdental brush or floss can reach areas between your teeth and get rid of all of that nasty bacteria and help stop cavities from forming in the difficult-to-reach places of your mouth.

Brush properly!

For something as common as brushing teeth, a whole lot of people don’t do it right. We either see people violently brushing their teeth and hurting their gums or simply just not using the right techniques. When brushing, go gently up and down in short strokes, and make sure to brush the tops and the backs of your teeth. Many people tend to forget the back parts of their front teeth!

Water – An Easy Long-term Solution to Oral Hygiene Problems

We all love fruit juice, and who can resist a delicious soda from time to time, but the fact is that processed sugar really hurts your teeth over time. It will wear down the enamel, cause decay, and eventually serious cavities. So reach for a glass of water whenever you’re thirsty. Also you don’t have to quit sugar cold turkey, and fruit is a great substitute. Whole fruits are healthier and not nearly as bad for your teeth as juices and sodas.

Taking care of your teeth starts at home with good habits. You could have better oral hygiene at home with these 3 tips: floss or use an interdental brush, brush properly, and eat the right foods. Remember, though, the most important part of great oral health is visiting your dentist for routine checkups and cleanings!