According to the American Dental Association, there are many key factors that go into a truly effective oral hygiene routine. Quality products, diligent use, and thoughtful technique all play a part in maintaining good oral health.
When shopping for oral hygiene products, you should only consider those that have earned the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance because it is safe and effective.
When brushing your teeth, you should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and abrasive toothpaste. A toothpaste with fluoride will also help fortify the strength of your tooth enamel.
Immediately after you are done brushing, you should floss between your teeth and along the gumline. Flossing is the most effective way to remove plaque and trapped food particles from your smile and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. If you have a hard time working floss between your teeth, you might want to use a wax-coated dental floss. The waxy coating makes it easier to slip the strain of floss into tight spaces without accidentally forcing it into your gums.
You can also rinse your mouth with antiseptic mouthwash to kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
In addition to oral hygiene, you will need to attend your six month checkups. Your regular dental checkup and cleaning with your dentist, Dr. Trace M. Lund, will remove any hardened tartar from your teeth while also detecting early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer.
If you have questions about how to improve your oral hygiene routine in Provo, Utah, you can call Provo Pediatric Dentistry at 801-373-4200 to schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you!