It’s easy to create reasons for forgoing brushing and flossing your teeth: lack of time, sleepiness, laziness, etc. But did you know that 80 percent of adults in the United States have some degree of gum disease? And that 42% of children ages 2 to 11 have teeth decay in their primary teeth? Evidently, we aren’t very good at taking care of our teeth.
Why should we even care about healthy teeth? Well for starters, our team at your family dentist in Monroe, Washington Travis Magelsen, DMD believes that healthy teeth lead to an overall healthier lifestyle. Some studies even speculate a link between healthy teeth and a healthy heart. Healthy teeth can also reduce bad breath and raise your self-esteem. Wow, having healthy teeth sounds great!
General healthy dental habits
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes each.
- Floss your teeth once a day.
- Buy ADA-approved toothbrushes and floss for certified cleaning.
How to brush your teeth:
- Angle your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum line.
- Gently brush the outside, inside, and chewing surface of each tooth. Make sure to brush along the gum line as well.
- Use short, circular strokes with a scrubbing motion.
- Brush your tongue to freshen breath and remove bacteria.
How to floss your teeth:
- Get about 18” of floss ready.
- Wind the floss around your middle fingers, leaving about an inch of floss between your hands.
- Guide the floss between your teeth gently with a sawing motion.
- When you reach your gums, curve the floss against the tooth and under the gum line into a U-shape. Be gentle and floss up and down to scrape the plaque off.
- Floss one tooth at a time and don’t forget the back teeth!
While having a healthy dental routine can help you towards having healthy teeth, it’s also important to schedule professional dental cleanings twice a year. A dentist can ensure your dental habits are correct and identify problems before they worsen. Schedule your appointment with Travis Magelsen, DMD today!