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Essential Daily Dental Care

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Daily brushing is an essential habit necessary for good dental care but it is not enough to guarantee a healthy mouth. Other activities necessary for proper oral hygiene include daily flossing and rinsing. In each of these daily steps, how they are performed directly impacts your overall dental care. The advice below will help you create a daily oral routine and your dentist can assist you with further questions or recommendations.

Is Brushing Once Every Day Enough?

Brushing your teeth one time each day helps a person maintain average oral hygiene goals, but it is not enough to completely prevent cavities and gum disease. Really good dental care requires brushing more than one time per day which is why the American Dental Association recommends that every person do so. Brushing your teeth after every meal can also help to ensure that plaque does not build up on teeth.

Using a clean toothbrush that is in good condition is crucial for good daily hygiene. Replace your old toothbrush every few months to prevent harmful bacteria from building up on it and possibly causing an infection. You should also discard your toothbrush after you’ve been sick with a cold or any other illness.

Is Daily Flossing Necessary?

Yes, using dental floss to clean surface areas where a toothbrush cannot reach is absolutely necessary for good oral health. Food and bacteria becoming lodged between your teeth and at the gum line contribute to tooth decay and gum disease. Daily flossing, especially after meals, can do wonders to preserve your teeth.

What About Rinsing My Mouth?

Like flossing, rinsing also reaches hard-to-reach places between the teeth. It is not enough to just rinse excess toothpaste out of the mouth, however. Be sure to spend time swishing liquid around and guiding it between your teeth. Also, avoid selecting rinses just because they smell good or may be pleasing to the taste. Instead, select a good-quality mouth rinse that has been clinically engineered to kill microscopic bacteria in the mouth and that is professionally recommended for cleaning the areas that a toothbrush will never reach.

Does Diet Impact Dental Care?

What you eat has a direct bearing on your oral hygiene and your overall health. To reduce the likelihood of tooth decay, it is best to avoid sugary foods and drinks, as well as those that are high in starch and high in acid. You should also regularly include as many healthy foods in your diet as possible. Make a special effort to consume those containing calcium, vitamin A, vitamins B2, B3 and B12, as well as vitamins C and D since all of these will positively support good oral and general health.

Get Professional Guidance

With daily preventative dental care, tooth decay, tooth loss and gum disease can largely be avoided. In addition to your routine oral habits, regular dental care checkups should be scheduled. During these visits, speak to your dentist about the exact techniques needed to correctly brush your teeth, floss and rinse. So make sure to schedule a monthly dental care check to your local Des Moines Dentist to ensure to have a good oral health.

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