5 Dental Hygiene Tips from Your Neighborhood Dentist


Did you know the many benefits that come with keeping up good oral health habits? Not only will your mouth stay healthier for longer, but you’ll be less likely to experience dental problems and your confidence will soar through the rough!

If you follow these helpful, quick tips and tricks from your dentist, you can be on the road to maintaining those sparkling pearly whites!

1. It’s important to brush twice a day.

If you ever woke up to your partner’s morning breath, you can attest to the fact that our mouth is a breeding ground for bacteria to fester if neglected. The point of brushing your teeth in the morning is to remove the bacteria that has been multiplying overnight in your mouth. It’s also important to remove the bacteria and food that has built up around your mouth and along your gum line before you get ready for bed.

2. Use the best toothbrush for you.

Make sure to use a toothbrush that fits you. After all, the tools you choose can help you look forward to your dental routine at home. Your dentist recommends using gentle circular motions directed towards the gum line to optimize plaque removal. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes each session. Try an electronic toothbrush that will gently massage your teeth and gums along the gum line for the most effective cleaning.

Top 3 Toothbrushes we found online:
1. Oral-B Black 7000 with SmartGuide
2. Oral-B ProfessionalCare SmartSeries 5000 with SmartGuide
3. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean

3. Clean your mouth for at least two minutes a day.

Just because you brush twice a day doesn’t mean you’re removing bacteria effectively. It should take a full two minutes to clean all the areas of your mouth thoroughly.
Make sure you are reaching all the surfaces of your mouth while brushing—the roof of your mouth, your tongue, along your gum line, and on the outsides and insides of your teeth. Concentrate on reaching those hard to reach spots towards the back of your mouth.

4. Don’t “forget” to floss.

It’s not uncommon for patients to tell a white lie about flossing during their dental hygiene appointments. It’s undoubtedly a time consuming, intricate task, but this practice can save your smile from so many dental problems.

By flossing just even once a day before you brush, you’re loosening the dangerous debris, leftover food, and plaque from between your teeth and around your gum line. These harmful materials would otherwise be left in place to harden into tartar and decay your smile.

5. Try using a tongue cleaner.

One of the main places that dental bacteria loves to multiple is your tongue. Many forget to brush their tongue or feel as though brushing doesn’t really clean off the buildup on their tongue.

When using a tongue cleaner, scraper, or even the backside of a toothbrush that has a tongue brush on reverse side of the brush head, remember to start cleaning your tongue from back to front. Try to reach all areas of your tongue, not just the center. It’s as simple as that and rinsing your tool afterwards!

Best Tongue Cleaner we found online:
Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner

What happens if I DON’T follow these tips?

There’s mounting evidence that shows a direct correlation between poor dental hygiene and various health conditions-not just limited to your mouth, either! You’re at higher risk of developing gum disease which leads to these other health concerns:

  • You could risk losing your permanent, natural teeth.
  • You’ll probably have chronic bad breath.
  • You have a higher risk for developing severe general health issues like dementia, pneumonia, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, kidney disease, and heart disease!

A healthy mouth reflects a healthy body! Even when practicing these great oral hygiene tips for daily dental maintenance, it’s still important to visit your dentist for a dental cleaning.

Visit VL Dental

These tips for dental hygiene are shared by our friends at VL Dental in Richmond, TX (near Pecan Grove). To schedule an appointment at VL Dental, call 281-238-5145.

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