Cleaning your teeth often is necessary for your health. Brushing your teeth frequently can help to prevent gum disease, cavities, and even enamel erosion. This includes brushing your teeth two to three times a day, using dental floss, and scheduling regular dental cleanings with us at Cascade Dental Care.
If you have any questions about how to thoroughly clean and care for your teeth, we would love to hear from you!
Brushing Your Teeth
The American Dental Association (ADA) often releases information on dental care in order to keep people informed about how their habits can affect their oral health. If you want a shiny and healthy smile, it is suggested that you adhere to brushing your teeth at least twice a day, using a toothbrush with soft bristles. The toothbrush should be able to easily reach every area inside of your mouth. Be sure that you replace your toothbrush when you notice the bristles are starting to fray.
A frayed toothbrush does not clean your teeth very well and may irritate your gums. If the brush does not start to show signs of wear, it is a good idea to replace it every three to four months. It is also important that you know how to clean your teeth properly. Always move the toothbrush gently back and forth across your teeth in short strokes. Be sure that you clean all sides of your teeth with this method.
It can be tempting to scrub your teeth until they feel clean. However, not being gentle with your teeth may take a toll on your enamel over time. You want to treat your teeth kindly, so be sure to be gentle, especially if you are wearing braces.
Other Ways to Keep Your Teeth Clean
Establishing a cleaning routine will help you remember to care for your teeth. Always brush your teeth when you wake up in the morning, then again before bed. The ADA recommends cleaning between your teeth daily as well.
This is because bacteria can get between your teeth and cause problems, such as bad breath or tooth decay. You can clean these hard to reach areas with dental floss. Be sure to remove any stuck food while you are at it.
You will also want to do your best to eat a healthy diet that does not include a lot of sugar in the form of snacks or beverages. Sugar tends to react with the bacteria in your mouth, producing an acid that can slowly damage your enamel. It is easier to keep healthy teeth clean, so you will want to do your best to avoid foods with sugars.
Finally, always visit our professionals regularly. We can help you clean your teeth and provide additional information on how to do so efficiently. We also know exactly how to prevent oral diseases that come with improper oral hygiene, and we can let you know what steps to take to improve the health of your teeth.
Be sure to contact our office, Cascade Dental Care today at 360-916-4200 if you have any questions or concerns. We can quickly set up a dental cleaning for you - you will be in and out of our office in no time at all.