improve oral hygiene

Improve your oral hygiene by going to your dentist regularly and following your dentist’s instructions on how to best brush, floss, and rinse your teeth.

San Jose dentists will support the patient’s own efforts to maintain his/her oral health. Your dentist only wants what’s the best for you and it is smart to keep in mind that whatever practices you maintain on a daily basis will determine the type of oral condition you have. Observing good oral hygiene practices will reap good results, and if you neglect to maintain good oral hygiene, your overall health will suffer.

Brushing your teeth

Brushing your teeth at least three times a day effectively removes plaque that accumulates in the mouth, getting rid of disease-causing bacteria in the process. We recommend you brush your teeth after every meal to remove food particles that bacteria feeds off.

Use a soft toothbrush to avoid abrasions on your teeth while doing a good job of cleaning your teeth as well. Hold your toothbrush to your mouth in a 45-degree angle and brush your teeth with small circular strokes that massages the teeth surface instead of hurting it.

Toothpaste

There are so many types of toothpaste you can choose from – flavored or unflavored. Toothpaste types nowadays are with added ingredients that promise to bring all kinds of benefits. There’s a type of toothpaste that has ingredients that aids with gum problems. Some toothpaste has ingredients that address teeth sensitivity. It is still most important for you to choose a toothpaste that best addresses your current oral health.

Flossing teeth

Although brushing your teeth removes food particles and plaque, it is still not enough. This is because toothbrush bristles can’t penetrate into tight areas between your teeth, making flossing do a better job. Flossing effectively cleans in between your teeth and hard to reach areas of your mouth. Using waxed or or unwaxed floss doesn’t really matter, it is enough that the floss can pass through the embrasures, well enough to clean your teeth and remove trapped food particles in between gums.

When flossing your teeth, take about 12-inches of the floss on your hands. Coil one end on one finger and hold the other end and start a zigzag motion forming a C-shape around each tooth that you floss.

Rinsing your mouth

Together with brushing and flossing, rinsing your mouth with the correct mouthwash will create a healthy environment. There are mouth rinses that are medicated so take advantage of the healthy components in the mouthwash. Rinsing does not only freshen breath but can also promote good gum condition by healing diseased tissues, altering mouth pH levels and more. Rinsing your mouth regularly supports all your other attempts to maintain good oral health. We recommend you rinse your mouth every after you brush, making sure to stay away from high-alcohol rinses that dries the tissues out and even causes disease.