Brushing at least twice a day
It is essential to brush at least twice a day with either a manual toothbrush or an electric toothbrush. Tooth brushing is vital to removing bacteria accumulation from tooth surfaces, and there is no replacement for brushing. The bristles of the toothbrush are used to sweep across the tooth surfaces to remove any bacteria. It is essential to use the toothbrush to access the gum line, where the majority of bacteria builds up.
Flossing at least once a day
Flossing is used to access the areas in the mouth that the toothbrush bristles cannot. The bristles of a toothbrush are too thick to enter the surfaces between teeth where bacteria accumulate. Floss is thin enough to sweep down between these areas to disrupt bacteria formation and dislodge it. It is recommended to floss and then brush, but if you find working flossing into your daily routine challenging, floss whenever works best for you during the day. Floss alternatives work well also and include floss wands and water floss.
Mouthwash helps to reduce the number of bacteria throughout the mouth. Make sure your Dental Association approves the mouthwash you choose. Approved mouthwashes help to prevent and reduce gum inflammation.
Fluoride is an active ingredient in toothpaste and sometimes mouthwash that helps to prevent and reduce cavity formation. Fluoride strengthens the enamel of teeth. Fluoride can also halt small cavities at their earliest stages.
Regular Dental Check-ups/ Cleanings
A key element of maintaining a healthy mouth is regular cleanings and check-up exams with your dentist and dental hygienist. The condition of your teeth and gums will be checked, and if there are any concerns, they will be addressed. Professional dental cleanings allow for areas that are difficult for you to access at home to be adequately cleaned.
Good Diet/ Reduce Sugar Intake
Reducing your sugar intake reduces your risk of cavities. The types of sweets that are particularly cavity causing are anything gummy, chewy and sticky. These types of sweets get stuck on and in-between and expose your teeth to sugar for longer. Less sugar and a balanced diet with all vitamins is an essential factor to maintain healthy teeth and gums.