Brick, NJ Dentist Promotes Healthy Smiles with Daily Tips
While a warm welcoming smile can make a meaningful first-impression, a closed-mouth smile or the smell of a person’s raunchy breath can do quite the opposite.
Continue reading and we’ll go over a few things that you should be doing every day to ensure that your smile is at its best.
Two Minutes, Twice a Day
That’s all it takes. A total of four minutes per day and you’re already well on your way to maintaining a bright white smile. Just make sure that you’re brushing for at least 2 whole minutes to ensure that you fully clean your teeth. Also, make sure that you use a soft bristled toothbrush that won’t wear away at your enamel. Furthermore, rinsing with mouthwash after brushing helps to wash out any leftover food particles that you may have missed.
While it’s important to brush every day, it’s also just as important to brush with a proper technique. Try to imagine brushing your teeth as if you were polishing the shell of an egg. While tooth enamel is strong enough to protect your teeth from eating and drinking, by brushing too vigorously, you can wear away this protective layer and weaken the integrity of your teeth.
Fight Bad Breath
The mouth is naturally a warm and wet place. It’s filled with leftover bits of food and an abundance of bad bacteria. When bad bacteria start to build up, it forms plaque, which can cause a foul odor in your mouth. Therefore, by brushing first thing in the morning, you’ll rid your mouth of any odor causing bacteria and be ready to take on the day with minty fresh breath.
Contrary to what many people believe brushing more often isn’t necessarily any better for your oral health. In fact, by brushing for more than four minutes in a day, you can damage your teeth by wearing away at the protecting layer of enamel.
Floss Every Day
To avoid as much scraping and prodding as possible during your next dental checkup, do your best to floss at least once a day. Flossing helps get rid of food particles that are stuck between your teeth and cleans the spots that your toothbrush just can’t reach. Furthermore, by flossing daily, you’ll help remove any built-up plaque, preventing bad breath, as well as gum disease from developing.
On a final note, many people worry about whether they should be flossing before or after they brush. The real answer is that it doesn’t matter when you do it, as long as you are doing it. According to the ADA, if you are brushing twice and flossing once, you’re already that much closer to a perfect smile.
Have questions about these daily care tips? Give your Brick, NJ dentist a call today at (732) 477-7272.