It’s time to take better control of what is going on in your mouth. While you may think that you’ve done enough before, there is always more to learn. Continue to read this article, paying attention to the tips and advice that will direct you to a much healthier mouth.
Sometimes brushing and flossing is not enough. If you are still having trouble with plaque, go to the store and look for an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help you. Use it according to the directions on the package to help finish off your dental care routine. You should notice an improvement.
If you don’t feel comfortable with your dentist for any reason, don’t hesitate to try another dentist in the same practice or even go to a different practice altogether. You need to take care of your teeth because they’re important. It’s better to get a different dentist and to get things taken care of if you need a procedure done.
Make sure you take your children to the dentist at an early age. These initial visits will set the stage for the rest of their life, and you want them to view visiting the dentist as an important bi-yearly event. You can start taking your child to see the dentist when they have teeth, and their pediatrician should be able to make a referral to get the process started.
Don’t forget to take care of your gums. Your gums are a part of your mouth as well, and they affect your teeth and many other things. In fact, if you fail to take care of gum disease, it can lead to problems in your blood. Talk to your dentist about what you should do to care for your gums.
Learn how to floss properly. Start by wrapping about 18″ of floss around your middle finger. Holding that floss tightly between your fingers and thumb, gently insert around a tooth without “jamming” it in. When it reaches the gumline, gently curve it into a C-shape. Gently scrape the sides carefully. Repeat this for every tooth.
If your child is nervous about the dentist or it’s their first visit, practice with them. Make-believe your child is the patient while you assume the role of dentist. Count their teeth using a toothbrush. You should then let your child do some dental work on one of their stuffed animals.
Replace your toothbrush every three months. The bristles on your toothbrush, no matter how much you clean them, wear out over time. They lose their cleaning effectiveness after a few months. Do yourself (and your mouth) a favor and have a replacement handy when you hit that 90 day mark.
Do you feel like you can take better care of your mouth with the tips that have been provided? Surely you are more confident now about going back to the dentist to show him or her how the maintenance is working in between visits. Use the advice you’ve learned, and make a difference in your mouth.