Taking care of your mouth doesn’t have to be difficult. It is really quite simple when you get back to the basics. Here are some simple things you can do to take care of your mouth.
Brush: Brushing your teeth is the most fundamental principle of taking care of your oral health. Brush your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. Brush the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of your teeth, including the inside surfaces of your front teeth (to do this, tilt the brush inward, perpendicular to the jaw, and use several up-and-down strokes). Use a toothbrush that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the package, and replace it every 3-4 months.
Floss: Floss once a day, every day. Don’t skip it! This is an important part of dental hygiene, as it removes plaque and food from between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. Use single-filament thread that has been approved by the ADA. If conventional flossing is difficult for you, talk to Dr. Dennis Burrell about alternatives.
Mouthwash: Mouthwash can be a good addition to the oral health care routine of some people. Make sure to choose a therapeutic mouthwash rather than a cosmetic one. Therapeutic mouthwashes are formulated to assist in your oral health care, doing things such as safely whitening teeth, killing bacteria, and fighting plaque. Cosmetic mouthwashes, on the other hand, merely freshen breath temporarily. Choose wisely, and don’t give mouthwash to children under 6 years old.
Drink Water: Drinking water is excellent for your overall and your oral health. Fluoridated water is best, as fluoride is a substance that strengthens tooth enamel.
For more information, call Dr. Dennis Burrell and Associates, PC at 253-341-4817. If you live in the University Place, Washington area, be sure to call and schedule your next appointment soon!