If you’re keeping up with your daily oral hygiene, but you feel like your smile needs an extra boost, our West Bloomfield dentists are here to help. Sometimes all it takes is a few simple tweaks and upgrades to refresh your smile day to day. Keep reading to get some information and suggestions from our dental team!
So, you’re already brushing your smile twice a day to keep plaque at bay; that’s great! However, you notice that your smile still feels kind of stale and grubby as the day wears on. What to do?
First, make sure that you are cleaning your smile at the right time. You want to clean your smile every morning, so as to clear away plaque that has developed throughout the day. Then, at the very end of your day, you want to brush your teeth so refresh your mouth before bed.
One thing that our West Bloomfield dentists do for patients of all ages is to help them optimize their at-home oral hygiene routines. With just a few simple tweaks, you can greatly improve the effectiveness of your daily dental hygiene routine. Get started by reading through these quick tips from our dental team!
So, you probably already know that you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and flossing once a day; this is the general recommendation from the American Dental Association. Your dentist will let you know if you need to be following a different schedule.
Assuming, however, that you’re following a standard cleaning schedule, the best times to brush your teeth are in the morning after waking, and then again right before bed. For optimal cleaning results, you can floss your smile at night, right before you brush. This allows to tease out any food particles, plaque and dental debris, before you promptly brush it away.
One of the easiest things that you can do improve your cleaning routine is to make sure that you’re using the right toothbrush:
- The first thing to consider is size, the head of your toothbrush should fit easily in your mouth, so that it can reach your back molars.
- Then, take a look at the type of bristle on your toothbrush. Using a bristle that is too firm can actually lead to enamel erosion as well as gum tissue damage. Many people will do well with a soft-bristled brush, but your dentist can tell give you more direction about what type of bristle is right for your smile.
- It’s also crucial that you replace your toothbrush every couple of months, because the bristles become worn down, and they can harbor bacteria. Remember to also switch out your toothbrush if you’ve been sick.
A thorough, well-designed at-home oral hygiene routine will minimize your risk of developing cavities ad well as gum disease. As always, our West Bloomfield dentists are here to give you any additional information that you may need, and to give you some personalized treatment recommendations. Give us a call to get started!