Am I cleaning my teeth properly?

use of mouthwash for the health of teeth and gumsOne of the most effective ways of cleaning the teeth properly is by brushing and flossing after every meal. With appropriate care, many patients can avoid the development of issues such as periodontal disease and tooth decay. They can protect their smile from damage that can lead to costly dental repairs and restorations as well. At Schmitt Dental, we provide Clarksville, TN area patients with the information they need to maintain a healthy smile for life. This may include an education on how to properly brush the teeth.

How should I brush my teeth?

Patients will want to make sure they cover all surfaces of the teeth and gums when brushing their teeth. This means using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste to brush at a 45 degree angle in circular rotations. Patients should make sure to brush all visible surfaces of the teeth, as well as along the gumline to reduce the risk of periodontal disease. It is also important that patients brush their tongue, where bad bacteria can reside and contribute to issues such as bad breath and oral thrush.

How much pressure should I use?

We encourage patients to use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is comfortable on the teeth and gums. Using the right amount of pressure is important as well, as brushing too hard to cause additional problems. Some patients who are worried about thoroughly brushing their teeth may also consider the benefits of an electric toothbrush, which can add to the effectiveness of a toothbrushing routine.

Should I use a mouthwash?

Utilizing a mouthwash after brushing and flossing is just another way to protect the smile while ensuring fresher breath. Some patients may choose a mouthwash that meets their needs, such as a mouthwash that is for periodontal health or one for patients who suffer from dry mouth.

Are you ready to learn more about properly caring for your smile?

The team at Schmitt Dental encourages patients to be mindful of the ways in which they care for their smile and to schedule routine visits with the dentist for an evaluation and education. Call one of our three office locations to book an appointment with our professionals to find out more!

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