Discover the best ways to promote the very best oral health for the long term.
You’ve been caring for your smile since you can remember, so it may seem silly to even ponder ways to keep your smile healthy. Of course, we can often go on autopilot when it comes to caring for our smiles because we are so used to doing these same habits time and time again. That’s when mistakes are made. Plus, you wouldn’t imagine how many people don’t know how long they need to be brushing their teeth, how often they should floss or other ways to keep their smiles clean. Our Federal Way, WA, dentist, Dr. Todd Yoshino, offers up tips on how to keep your oral health in tip-top shape:
Do you know how often you should be replacing your toothbrush? About every three to four months. Toothbrushes aren’t designed to last forever and the moment you notice that the bristles of your toothbrush are frayed it’s time to toss it and replace it with a brand new one. Old, frayed toothbrushes can actually scratch and damage healthy tooth enamel. You will also want to immediately replace your toothbrush after an illness.
Do you know long you should be brushing your teeth? About two to three minutes, and this is every time you brush. Ideally, you should be brushing your teeth in the morning and then again at night before bedtime. You wouldn’t believe how quickly people brush their teeth and rush this part of their oral routine, which is a great disservice to their smiles. This is one of the best and easiest ways to keep your teeth clean. While some electronic toothbrushes come with an automatic timer if your toothbrush doesn’t make sure to set a timer so that you and the whole family is taking enough time to thoroughly brush.
Do you know how often you should floss? At least once a day. While when you floss isn’t as important as whether or not you floss each day, ideally you’ll want to floss at night right before you brush. Why should you floss before you brush? Because floss is able to remove plaque and food from between teeth so that toothpaste is able to reach more tooth surfaces to get a more effective clean.
Do you know when you should be visiting our Federal Way family dentist? Every six months is ideal. Of course, those who have braces and those at higher risk of decay, gum disease or other issues may need to come in more regularly. These six-month visits are vitally important because we are able to remove plaque and tartar buildup and detect problems right away when they are easier to treat.
Our Federal Way, WA, general dentist, Dr. Yoshino, is dedicated to providing you with the best dental care possible. Whether you need to schedule your next cleaning or you want to talk about cosmetic dentistry options, we are here for you. Call us today!