Are You Keeping Good Oral Hygiene Habits?
posted: May 07, 2020.
On a scale from 1 to 10, how good is your current at-home oral care routine?
Is your daily dental routine enough to protect your smile from cavities and gum disease? Are you brushing properly and flossing enough? If you aren’t entirely sure what your everyday dental routine should entail, our Piscataway, NJ, dentists, Dr. Nainesh Desai and Dr. Warren Lorch, can help you enhance and bolster your current practices with these simple habits:
Brush Twice a Day
If you want to make sure that you are removing plaque buildup and food particles that accumulate throughout the day, it’s important that you are brushing your teeth once in the morning and again at night before going to bed. Don’t skip out on either of these brushing sessions, as they are important for reducing your risk for cavities. Also, make sure that you are brushing for a minimum of two minutes each time you brush.
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
Wondering what kind of toothpaste to use? There are so many on the market that it can be a bit confusing. If you want to keep your smile stain-free and vibrant, a whitening toothpaste may be the best option. If you have sensitive teeth, there are also toothpastes designed for oral desensitization. Of course, no matter which type of toothpaste you choose, it’s important that it contains fluoride. Fluoride strengthens and remineralizes tooth enamel and can even reverse the early stages of decay.
Floss Every Day
Along with brushing your teeth twice a day, you also want to make sure that you are flossing daily. Flossing is the easiest and most effective tool that we all have at our disposal to remove food, plaque, and bacteria from between teeth in a way that brushing just can’t. Even if you brush twice a day, you will still need to floss every day if you want to make sure that you are doing everything you can to keep your teeth and gums clean and problem-free.
Limit Sugar and Starches
While we know how challenging it can be to ignore sugary temptations, it’s important that you at least minimize how much sugar and starches that your teeth and gums are exposed to every day. A little sugar won’t have too much of an effect if you offset it with proper oral hygiene and a healthy diet; however, a diet rich in sodas, fruit juices, sports drinks, and desserts will wreak havoc on your smile. Our Piscataway, NJ, general dentist wants to be able to give you a clean bill of health at every routine dental checkup, and one of the best ways to do this is to limit sugar and starches.
Prioritize Your Oral Health
Nothing is more important than the health and safety of our patients. While Central Jersey Dental Arts is currently closed for all routine dentistry and care during the pandemic, our Piscataway, NJ, family dentists are still providing care for emergency situations. If you are dealing with a true dental emergency, please call us at (732) 981-1040.