Dental health has long been associated with overall health – scientists have known this for some time. But how many people actually heed this advice? Well, according to Statistics Canada, not as many as you’d think. In fact, almost 40% of Canadians don’t brush their teeth twice a day, every day, or floss each day either.
At 8th Street Dental, we want to change this statistic. And in light of National Dentist’s Day (March 6th), it seems like a befitting opportunity. We want to give you the ideal oral health routine that you can begin following today!
Keep reading to learn the easy 3-step dental routine that will keep your smile bright and beautiful.
1. Brush Your Teeth
You may have been expecting something new or novel as the standard for the ideal oral health routine. Nope. Nothing revolutionary here. As your trusted dental hygienists in Airdrie, we’re committed to getting down to the brass tacks of good oral health. And the main thing you can do to keep your dental hygiene intact is brush… Every day.
Once in the morning and again at night before retiring to bed. However, there’s a bit more that goes into properly brushing your teeth than what you may have been led to believe.
So here are a few pointers:
- Timing: Brush for two minutes; 30 seconds in each portion of your mouth.
- Angle: Position your toothbrush at about a 45-degree angle relative to the surface of your teeth.
- Method: Brush up and down on both the front and back of your teeth and then for the flat tops, utilize a back and forth motion.
- Toothbrush: Be sure to use a soft bristle brush for both comfort and an effective clean
2. Floss Daily
We know; it’s annoying and inconvenient, but it’s also a necessity if you want to maintain your oral health. Flossing every day allows you to remove any remnants of food that you may have missed while brushing. This is important because if these remnants were to stay, eventually they would cause plaque buildup which could result in gingivitis, gum disease and other oral health issues.
To circumvent this, floss every day. Preferably at night prior to going to bed. That way you can remove the accumulation of food that has built up throughout the day.
3. Rinse With Mouthwash
After brushing and flossing, the final step for better oral health is to rinse with mouthwash. There’s no particular brand that you should pick, just select whichever one is most appealing to you, that way, you’ll look forward to your nightly rinse. Limit it to a single cap full of mouthwash and swish it for 30 to 60 seconds before spitting it out.
This process is twofold. One; it clears any remaining food residue. And two; it leaves your mouth and breath feeling and smelling fresh!
Start Improving Your Oral Health Today!
Simple actions repeated continuously over time are what lead to stellar results! In the case of your oral health, this simple 3 step process will produce a great smile that you’ll feel both confident and proud to show off.
If you would like to get a head start on improving your smile; why not see an expert who can help you? At 8th Street Dental Clinic in Airdrie, our welcoming team of professional orthodontists are here to make that happen!
Contact us today to book an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!