It’s normal in life to get frustrated and discouraged – especially when you’re not sure how to care for your oral health. But it doesn’t have to be a challenge. Great oral health starts at home and literally takes less than ten minutes a day – something we can all fit into our increasingly busy schedules.
So, how easy is it? Here are some simple (and fast!) tips for maintaining oral health every day! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!
FLOSS THOSE TEETH…
We know flossing isn’t the most fun part of your day, but it’s one of the most important steps of your oral health routine. We recommend you floss at least once per day, between every tooth (yes even the front ones!). Flossing gets about 30 of the plaque in your mouth- plaque you can’t reach by brushing alone. Use a wide, flat floss to get the job done faster, or for those who have tighter spaces between teeth, use a more narrow floss, but add a few extra passes to clear away all the debris.
Yes, you should brush your teeth after you floss, not before. This will help you brush away the debris that comes out from between your teeth after you floss. You should be brushing at least twice per day, for two minutes at a time. For bristle hardness guidelines, speak to Dr. Abelar at your next appointment. Make sure you use an American Dental Association-approved toothpaste that carries the ADA seal of approval. Fluoride is an important ingredient that helps strengthen the teeth and prevent cavities.
VISIT DR. ABELAR
At Dr. Abelar’s office, we love to see you smiling, so pay us a visit twice per year for an exam and cleaning. We know cavities happen, so staying on top of exams can be very helpful at catching them before they turn into something worse, such as a bigger cavity, infected tooth, root canal, or pulled tooth. A visit to Dr. Abelar can also help keep your teeth looking whiter and feeling cleaner, something we all want!
As you can see, taking care of your teeth isn’t that complicated or time-consuming, and it will save you a lot of time and money in the long run, because you’re less likely to need interventions like fillings or root canals.
To schedule your appointment with Dr. Abelar, please contact the office today!