Spring is the perfect time to start fresh. Many people are busy cleaning up after a long winter of indoor hibernation. And while spring is the perfect time to improve the tidiness of your home, it is also the perfect time to tidy up your oral heath.
Springing into a new dental cleaning routine is the best way to start improving your dental health: try to think in terms of habits, not individual actions.
First, create a realistic schedule for brushing and particularly flossing and stick to it. If you often find that by the end of the day you are simply too tired to floss properly, then make an effort to floss earlier in the day. Perhaps in the morning, or even while watching t.v. in the evening, (if your family doesn’t think that’s too weird).
Keep in mind that a single good cleaning won’t suffice, in order to make a real difference in your dental hygiene, you’ll need to maintain dental cleaning routine. It may be helpful to enlist the help of family members to keep you honest and remind you to floss daily.
Your teeth can have a big effect on your appearance and your confidence—so get off to the right start this spring with a healthy oral hygiene routine.
The checklist below contains the most important tasks to include in your new dental cleaning routine:
Brushing Your Teeth
Aim to brush your teeth for at least two minutes, spending an equal amount of time (approximately 30 seconds) in each quadrant of your mouth. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle pointed towards the gums. Brush all the surfaces of your teeth (the sides and the chewing surface on top). Try to brush your teeth twice a day.
Flossing Your Teeth
Ideally, you should floss once a day. Wrap each end of the floss around your fingers and gently lower it in between your teeth. Follow the curve of your teeth to avoid damaging your gums. Repeat this for every tooth, as you move to the next tooth take the dirty floss with one finger and unwind the clean floss from the other finger.
Rinsing Your Mouth with Mouthwash
Remember, mouthwash is not a replacement for proper brushing and flossing. After you brush and floss your teeth, sip a small amount of mouthwash and swish it around in your mouth for 30-40 seconds and spit it out.
Cleaning Your Tongue
The easiest was to clean your tongue is to put a little bit of toothpaste on your toothbrush and brush your tongue in circular motions. You can also take a piece of floss, wrap the ends around each finger, and gently scrape the surface of your tongue. Finish by rinsing your mouth.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
A good dental cleaning routine will go a long way to improving your oral hygiene, but you should still visit your dentist regularly for thorough check-ups and cleanings. With a few easy habits, your spring cleaning can last all year.
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