Are there secrets to attaining the perfect smile? Practices that dental hygienists keep hidden from clients so they can be all-knowing? We can confidently say, no, of course not. If you ask a dental hygienist what you can do to improve your oral health they will happily provide tips, best practices, and products that will make you confident in your smile. We are providing you with all the “secrets” here for you to apply to your routine and share with others.
The When and How of Dental Hygiene
When you first wake up, you should brush your teeth before eating your first meal and rinse after eating. A lot of people do not brush long enough, too long, or miss the gumline entirely. The toothbrush should be applied at a 45-degree angle with light pressure. You should spend 2 minutes total brushing your teeth, cheeks, tongue, and gums. Toothbrushes, or toothbrush heads, should be changed every 3-months.
A bit of advice that tends to get ignored is flossing at least once a day. Brushing only cleans 60% of your teeth which means there are bits and pieces of particles intermingling with the bacteria in your mouth to wreak havoc on your gums.
Use Straws for Acidic and Sugary Beverages
This applies to coffee, carbonated drinks, juice, dark-colored beverages, and wine. Using a straw minimizes staining and erosion on your tooth enamel. If you are unable to use a straw, rinsing after consuming these beverages is a great preventative option.
Overall Health is Oral Health
Nutritional deficiencies show up in the mouth the same way it shows up in your body. Mineral deficiencies impact the hard structures of the mouth, while vitamin deficiencies impact the soft structures of the mouth.
Quit Tobacco Products
Tobacco use is linked to early-onset gum disease and oral cancer. With an alarming 90% of oral cancer victims being tobacco users the impact tobacco use has on your oral health should not be taken lightly.
Visit Your Dental Technician for Whitening Services
There are many options available for you to achieve the Hollywood pearly white smile and we don’t want to dissuade you from taking advantage of the accessible over-the-counter options. However, we recommend taking advantage of our professional whitening services or attaining a consultation before administering an at-home whitening kit.
Our Biggest Tip, Visit the Dentist Once a Year
Preventative care is the best tip we can give you, aside from your at-home oral routine, consistent dental appointments are your best line of defense against gum disease, tooth decay, and early detection of oral cancer. If you don’t already have a home dental office, we want to tempt you to book your appointment with us today. We provide the Denver region with quality care for the whole family and can accommodate all of your dental needs in-house with our versatile staff and appointment flexibility.