How to Care For Your Teeth Properly

How to Care For Your Teeth Properly

by Alex Hirsch (SU)

A smile is typically the first thing a person notices when they meet you. This is why a beautiful set of teeth is so important when making a good first impression!

It is very important to take care of your teeth to ensure they remain healthy and beautiful. Good oral care habits are not only crucial for aesthetic purposes but also for oral health. Here are ways you can take better care of your teeth. 

Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day

You should always brush your teeth at least twice a day. This helps keep your teeth and gums clean and bacteria, food debris, and germs in check. Brushing removes plaque, which can build up over time and not only look unappealing but can also cause cavities and gum disease.

Proper brushing requires you to place a bean-sized amount of toothpaste onto the brush and place the toothbrush against the teeth at about a 45-degree angle. Apply some pressure and rotate the brush in small, tight circles while ensuring you reach every tooth. 

It helps to divide your teeth into 4 sections: upper left, upper right, lower left and lower right. Spend at least 30-45 seconds on each section. Don’t forget to brush on each side of the teeth, including the chewing surfaces and in between the teeth. Also remember to clean your tongue!

Floss Once a Day

No matter how well you brush your teeth, there is almost always food debris left in between your teeth. In order to combat this, floss in between your teeth at least once a day.  

Take a piece of dental floss (around 18 inches long) and wind the floss around each of your middle fingers until there is a taut piece left of about 1 inch in length. Place the floss into the mouth at the rear of either side of the top teeth. Work the floss in between each gap between the teeth. Take care not to cut your gums by not pulling too hard on them. Follow the same steps for the bottom teeth. 

Limit Foods and Substances That Harm Your Teeth

There are a variety of foods and substances that you should limit or avoid in order to protect your teeth from staining, cavities, and disease. They include: 

  • Drinks and foods with purple or red dye (beets, soft drinks, red wine, etc.)
  • Acidic foods
  • Excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Smoking

Get Regular Dental Check-Ups

You should visit a dentist every 6 months for regular checkups to ensure you don’t have any dental issues going on. If you have existing dental issues, your regular checkups should be every 4 months.

Your dentist will check your teeth and gums for any signs of disease, ensure you are practicing good oral health habits by checking for plaque buildup and cavities, and recommend any necessary changes to your oral health regimen.

Dental Care in Eugene, Oregon

At 360 Dental, we help patients take care of their oral health by providing all types of dental services. If you are searching for a highly experienced and compassionate dental team for your family’s dental care needs, consider 360 Dental. Contact us by calling (541) 689-1645 or request an appointment online.