Tips For Better Dental Hygiene at Home That You May Not Know
Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and using a mouth rinse are great ways to ensure you are doing all you can for your oral health. To complete your oral health regimen, you must see your dentist twice a year for a dental hygiene visit. Dr. Troy Schmedding and the Family Dentistry of Walnut Creek team provide hygiene visits to patients in the Walnut Creek, California area. Getting your teeth cleaned allows a dental hygienist to reach those areas of your teeth where your toothbrush was unable to clean thoroughly so that any plaque buildup can be removed before it turns into tartar.
Here are some lesser-known tips you can add to your dental hygiene regimen at home.
People who brush their teeth with intense vigor multiple times a day likely believe they are going that extra yard to make sure their teeth and gums are as clean as they can be. Your smile is important, so that enthusiasm is incredible, but you are likely achieving the opposite of what is intended. Instead of being beneficial, brushing too hard, with hard bristles, or too many times a day, you could be wearing your enamel down.
Use A Soft Bristle
Harder bristles can act as an abrasive, slowly damaging your enamel. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush, tilted at a 45-degree angle, twice a day will keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
Give Your Gums a Massage
If you use a floss pick when flossing, you should use the other end to massage your gums after you floss. When your gums get massaged, it increases the blood flow to your gums, resulting in better circulation and allowing them to access nutrient-rich blood more quickly. This helps in the fight against gum disease.
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Clean Your Tongue
Bacteria is not only attracted to your teeth but also to your tongue. Keeping the surface of your tongue clean using either your toothbrush or an additional tongue cleaner will help improve oral health, and your breath will also smell better.
To schedule a dental hygiene visit with Dr. Schmedding, please call (925) 956-4266.