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Is Your Oral Hygiene Routine as Good as it Could Be?

Is your current routine helping or hurting your smile? Let’s find out!oral hygiene

We know that no one wants to hear that they have a cavity (or worse!) when they visit their dentist. Of course, how you care for your smile is critical to the health of your teeth and gums. Our Fairfield, CT, dentists, Dr. Joseph Worthington and Dr. Brijesh Chandwani, are here to provide some helpful tips to make sure that your oral hygiene is more than satisfactory.

Brushing

Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, this means once in the morning and again at night before bedtime. Brushing is one of the most effective ways to remove plaque buildup from your teeth to prevent decay. Here are some tips to ensure your brushing is benefiting your smile the most:

  • Brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes every time. If you aren’t sure if you are brushing long enough you should set a timer (you might be surprised to learn that you aren’t brushing nearly as long as you thought).
  • Use an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste, as fluoride can strengthen enamel and protect against tooth decay.
  • Remember that your toothbrush won’t last forever. Once bristles begin to splay out and look worn, it’s time to replace them. A good rule of thumb is to replace your toothbrush head every three to four months, or after an illness.

Flossing

Your oral care routine would not be complete without flossing. After all, your toothbrush won’t be able to effectively clean between teeth the way floss can. Floss is the only way to thoroughly remove plaque buildup from between teeth and along the gumline. All it takes is once daily, preferably at night, to prevent decay from occurring between teeth.

Diet

It shouldn’t be surprising to hear that what you eat impacts your oral health. After all, you’ve certainly heard that sugar increases your chances of decay, right? While it would be ridiculous to say that you should never have sugar, it’s important to enjoy it in moderation.

Sodas, sports drinks and many fruit juices contain a lot of added sugar, which can lead to decay. Make sure you are also giving your teeth and gums the nutrients they need to stay healthy. This means a nice blend of lean proteins, fibrous veggies, fruits, low-fat dairy and whole grains.

Routine Checkups

Even with these at-home habits in place, it’s still important that you visit our Fairfield general dentist every six months for routine cleanings. No matter how healthy your smile seems you should still come in for care. This is the best way to prevent problems from occurring and to catch issues early on when they are easier to treat.

Do you need to schedule your six-month cleaning? Have questions about how to properly care for your smile? Don’t hesitate to contact our dental team at Worthington Advanced Dentistry in Fairfield, CT. We are here to answers all of your questions and to provide you with the dental care you need.

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