Dental Hygiene Basics
Floss daily. Always floss your teeth at least once a day, either in the morning or at night before bed. Break off about 12 to 18 inches of floss and wrap both ends around your fingers. Gently scrape the floss up and down the sides of each tooth to remove plaque, bacteria, and food debris.
Skip the toothpick. Use floss instead of a toothpick to remove food stuck between your teeth. Using a toothpick can damage your gums and lead to an infection.
Brush twice a day. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, for a full 2 minutes. Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently move the brush back and forth over your teeth. Be sure to brush the inner and outer surface of all your teeth.
Use fluoride. Use a fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash to help remineralize weakened enamel and prevent tooth decay.
Be gentle. Don’t be too aggressive when flossing to avoid bleeding gums. When the floss reaches your gum line, curve it against your tooth to form a C-shape.
Don’t forget to brush your tongue. This also fights bad breath, removes bacteria, and contributes to good dental hygiene.
Look for the seal. Use dental products with the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance.
See a pro. Schedule routine dental cleanings at least twice a year.
Brian Y. Kuo DDS FAGD
🦷 General practice dentistry in LA County area.