We work hard every day. Naturally, we want to get the most out of every moment. That includes our oral health routine. But how do you know if you’re getting the most out of your oral health when you’re not at the dentist? Here are some tips for maximizing your oral health routine, so that you can get the most out of your dental exams!
Flossing is one of the more overlooked oral health care steps. In fact, only about 30 percent of people floss daily. Oops! Flossing is actually pretty important. It can remove about 30 percent of that nasty plaque and bacteria hiding between your teeth, that your toothbrush alone can’t reach.
Flossing at least once per day helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease since that pesky bacteria typically enter the gums between the teeth. If you need guidance on which floss to use, speak to Dr. Abelar, but a typical rule of thumb is the wider the floss the better, and the fewer passes between teeth you’ll need. For people with tighter spaces between the teeth, use a thinner floss, but give it a few extra passes to get all the plaque out.
Finally, floss BEFORE brushing, so you can brush away whatever debris you dislodge during flossing.
We all know we need to brush two minutes a day, twice a day, but did you know the strength of the bristles you use matters, too? For most people, a hard bristled brush is too strong, so a medium is recommended. Soft is good for children and babies, or those who have no teeth and are mainly brushing their gums. For guidance on which strength of bristle you should be using, speak to Dr. Abelar.
Not everyone uses a mouthwash, and that’s okay, but if you do choose to use one, aim for alcohol-free mouthwash (it’s less drying) and wash your mouth before brushing and flossing. Mouthwash loosens debris in the mouth, making it easier to brush and floss it away.
Even if your teeth look clean, nobody’s perfect, and a dental cleaning can help clear away built-up plaque known as tartar from our teeth. An exam can keep Dr. Abelar apprised of your oral health, whether it’s excellent or could use a little help. This in turn can either help prevent problems or prevent existing problems from getting worse. Plus, your dental insurance probably already covers it, so you’ll be getting your money’s worth by using your exams as recommended! Talk about getting the most out of your oral health (and your money!)
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Abelar, or for answers to any questions, please contact the office today!