Regular dental cleanings are essential to maintaining oral health. But it’s what you do at home in between your cleanings that really makes a difference in the health and strength of your teeth and gums. Follow these tips from Dr. Darian Hampton of The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, a dental practice in North Dallas, to keep your oral health on track.
1. Refine Your Brushing Technique
You might be brushing your teeth twice a day, but are you doing it correctly? Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle as you make contact with your teeth and gums. Brush in an up-and-down motion, focusing on the front and back of each tooth and along the gumline. You should be brushing for a full two minutes — time yourself if necessary! And if you’re in the market for a new toothbrush, check out these tips from North Dallas cosmetic dentist Dr. Hampton.
2. Clean between the Teeth
A toothbrush can’t reach all the nooks and crannies between your teeth to remove food particles and bacteria. You’ll need dental floss or another interdental tool, like the WaterPik, which shoots a stream of water in between the teeth and along the gumline. Use the floss or WaterPik daily to prevent tooth decay, gum disease and bad breath.
3. Scrub Your Tongue
The crevices on the tongue are great places for bacteria to hide. Give your tongue a good scrub with your toothbrush or a tooth scraper instrument. You will probably find your breath is fresher after doing this regularly.
4. Add Fluoride to Your Routine
Fluoride has been shown to reduce the occurrence of tooth decay. Try to get fluoride into your routine in some way, whether it’s by using a fluoridated toothpaste or mouth rinse, or drinking tap water (most cities put fluoride into their water systems).
5. Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating the right foods can help keep your teeth healthy and strong. Fibrous, crunchy foods like carrots, celery, apples and broccoli actually scrub and clean your teeth. Calcium-rich foods like cheese and yogurt are great for strengthening the teeth and the bones supporting the teeth. Reduce your sugar intake by avoiding desserts, soft drinks (even diet drinks), sports drinks and fruit juices. Limit your intake of sticky foods, like granola bars and dried fruits, which can leave a sugary film on and between your teeth.
Schedule an Exam and Cleaning with Dr. Hampton
Is it time for your regular exam and cleaning? Call or email The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry’s North Dallas office and request an appointment to meet with the doctor.