The Basics of a Great Oral Hygiene Routine: What Dental Experts in Colorado Springs Advise

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This article provides instructions for a basic home oral hygiene routine that will help people prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease.

This article provides instructions for a basic home oral hygiene routine that will help people prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease.

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  • 1. This article provides instructions for a basic home oral hygiene routine that will helppeople prevent cavities, gingivitis and gum disease.On average, people living in the United States spend only about 17 seconds brushing their teeth!In this article, we will explain how maintaining a simple oral hygiene routine will not only protectyour teeth and gums from decay and disease, but also leave your mouth feeling amazingly cleanand fresh, while decreasing the likelihood of having embarrassingly bad breath. These simpleinstructions are recommended to be followed 2-3 times daily.What Routine Should I follow for Basic Oral Hygiene? FLOSS! The dental Colorado Springs healthcare community highly recommend that youfloss your teeth every single day! This step plays an important role in dental healthbecause, unlike bristles, floss is an interdental cleaner. This means that it cleans theharder to reach spaces between the teeth and the gap between the base of the teeth and thegums. While a mouthwash can kill bacteria that form plaque, it cannot remove the bits offood that can lodge in these places, encouraging bacteria to flourish! SCRAPE! Gently scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper will aid in removing themucus layer which protects bacteria living on your tongue! Be careful not to scrape tooviolently; be gentle but firm. BRUSH! Using a little more than a pea-sized amount of toothpaste, brush your teeth for atleast two minutes, being sure to brush the inside and outside of your tooth row and gumline. Also, cover more than just your teeth! Gently clean the roof of your mouth and theinsides of your cheeks. Bacteria are sticky critters and can populate every conceivablesurface, nook and cranny in your mouth.
  • 2.  RINSE! Between brushes, take a mouthful of ADA-approved anti-bacterial mouthwash andrinse for at least 60-90 seconds in order to cover all surfaces. Do not rinse your mouth withwater after using a mouthwash. You don’t want to dilute its anti-bacterial action or freshminty aftertaste!Remember to keep your bottle of oral rinse and your tube of toothpaste out of the sun and tightlyclosed. Dentists in Colorado Springs provide a body of evidence advocating that a good oralhygiene routine not only keeps your smile beautiful, youthful and healthy, but it can also helpprevent you from developing serious diseases! It is also recommended to go to your local dentistand oral hygienitst for a general check-up and professional cleaning twice a year. Your dentist canoffer you routine cleanings which will aid in your effort to keep your mouth and teeth happy,hygienic and beautiful.A Final NoteBrushing and flossing daily are essential for maintaining a good standard of oral health, butprofessional cleanings are necessary too! Your home efforts simply aren’t enough to preventaccumulations of plaque from hardening to form cavity-forming tartar. Routine cleanings, alsoknown as ‘prophylaxis’, are designed to preserve dental health by removing harmful bacteria,plaque and tartar from below the gum line, helping to prevent the development and spread of gumdisease.