We’ve incorporated dental hygiene as a daily and healthy habit when we were kids. But are we doing it in the proper way?
Having correct dental hygiene is essential to avoid infections, keep the oral cavity cleaned and improve bad breath, among many other things. And although it is a habit, we might be doing something wrong. Check out is you are doing it properly.
- Brush your teeth twice a day, at least.
- Not brushing the teeth as soon as you finish eating, wait 20-30 minutes instead.
- Use a fluoride toothpaste.
- Do not rinse after brushing.
- If you use an electric toothbrush, let it do its job! Do not rub.
- Place the brush at a 45-degree angle towards the tooth and gum.
How much time for a toothbrush?
General guidelines indicate that 2 minutes is an accurate period for correct dental hygiene. But many people prefer three or even four. You can split your mouth into four sections and brush each one for 30 seconds.
It has been proved that an electric toothbrush is more effective when removing plaque without damaging the gums nor the teeth. They also provide a deep clean without being abrasive. When doing it manually, we tend to apply much pressure.
Many people have sensitive teeth and the best idea is to choose a proper paste, accurate for those cases. You can also try to avoid acidic and overly sweet foods and hard-bristled toothbrushes.
Flossing and interdental cleaning
Flossing and interdental cleaning are some of the latest habits incorporated into the dental hygiene routine. And it is a very effective technique to improve the buccal cavity health.