Follow these easy steps now to improve your oral health today.
Brushing and flossing is something you’ve been doing on your own for years now so you must know what you’re doing, right? Well, not necessarily. While you’re certainly going through the motions you may be surprised to discover that your current oral care routine isn’t actually getting your smile as clean as you may originally have thought. From the office of our Novi, MI, family dentistry team led by Dr. Christopher Paulson, here are some ways to rev up your current oral care routine for better results.
Rinse then Brush
Do you use mouthwash after you brush? If you do, it’s okay; a lot of people make this mistake. The problem with rinsing after you brush is that you remove fluoride from your teeth, which reduces the efficacy of brushing. That’s why it’s a good idea to rinse your mouth out before brushing to achieve the optimal clean!
Brush Twice a Day and Floss Daily
It’s also important that you are keeping up with your oral routine each and every day. This means brushing in the morning and again at night. Do not go to bed without brushing your teeth, as you’ll leave plaque buildup from the day on your teeth overnight. Plaque hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by our Novi, MI, dentists during your routine family dentistry cleanings. To reduce the risk for cavities and gum disease, make sure you are brushing at least twice a day and flossing once a day.
Brush Your Tongue
Most people are so busy brushing their teeth that they forget that the soft tissues of the mouth also house bacteria. If you really want to remove as much oral bacteria as possible you will want to brush along the gum line, as well as the roof of the mouth, cheeks and tongue.
Make Healthy Food Choices
Along with good oral hygiene, it’s important that you are also maintaining a diet that supports healthy teeth and gums. This includes a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, lean protein, and low-fat dairy. Avoid sugar and starches and limit acidic foods and drinks, which can wear away enamel and lead to cavities.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Arbor Dental Associates in Novi, MI, has put a temporary halt to all routine family dentistry care and non-essential procedures. Of course, if you are dealing with a dental emergency, we can still provide you with immediate medical attention. We are seeing emergency patients by appointment only. Call our office at (248) 468-4962 between 9 am-2 pm.