Your Daily Oral Hygiene Routine Matters

Tulsa dentalMaintaining healthy teeth and gums is essential to overall health as well as your dental health. There is no room for neglect or haphazard care when it comes to caring for your teeth and gums. Developing a routine is very simple, and caring for your teeth will become a natural part of your day once implemented into your daily system of care.

What Should a Daily Oral Hygiene Routine Entail?

Brush your teeth first thing in the morning: When you first get out of bed in the morning, this step should be considered a priority. But you need to make it count – that means using the correct tools and proper technique.

A soft bristle toothbrush coupled with a fluoride toothpaste provides the right instruments. The technique is also important. Make sure you use a circular motion reaching all surfaces of every tooth. And don’t neglect your tongue; your toothbrush is perfect for cleaning the surface of the tongue.

An oral rinse: If your dentist has recommended you use a mouthwash or an oral rinse to aid in resolving problems arising from sensitivity, periodontal disease, dry mouth, or any other condition – use them daily making sure to follow instructions.

Floss daily: Select one of the many dental floss products available and clean between all your teeth. Since brushing only reaches about two thirds of the surfaces of teeth, we must rely on flossing to get to the other one third. The correct technique entails gently flossing between teeth, taking the time to massage gum tissue.

Other Practices That Will Supplement Your Oral Hygiene Regimen

Stay hydrated: This means water. Unsweetened coffee and tea are acceptable as is sparkling water. Soda and sugary drinks should not be used on a daily basis.

Diet: Crunchy fruits and vegetables are great for your overall health as well your dental health.

Visit our team at Howl Dental twice yearly, or as recommended, for teeth cleaning and a dental exam. This dental cleaning is the only way to remove harmful tartar that has formed since your last cleaning – removal reduces the chance for developing tooth decay and the onset of gum disease.