Having a very busy lifestyle is definitely not an excuse to neglect your personal dental care. You don’t want to have plaque and other bacteria buiding inside your mouth for long periods of time. It takes just a few minutes a day for you to combat and prevent the spread of bacteria, plaque and cavities in your mouth. Brushing you teeth and mouth care procedures can take your teeth a long way.

Brushing Tips – Brushing just the front of your teeth won’t do your teeth a lot of good. When you brush your teeth, don’t focus on just your front teeth because you think that they are the ones more exposed to world. You also have to brush your teeth along the sides and those located at the back of your mouth. Don’t be too harsh on your gums when you brush your teeth. Make sure that your brush strokes are away from your gums, not towards. When you brush your teeth, try not to rush. The suggested time spent for brushing one’s teeth is at least two minutes. If you don’t want to exceed two minutes, you can use a timer or play a song that lasts for two minutes.

Choosing the right toothbrush also make your brushing time more enjoyable. If you are not comfortable with your toothbrush, there’s no reason for you not to buy a new one. If you have sensitive teeth and gums, try a toothbrush with soft bristles.If you have strong teeth, you can use medium or hard bristles. It is also advised that you change your toothbrush every three months. If it’s hard for you to keep track of the days and months, you can opt to buy a toothbrush that comes with a color indicator that would tell you that it’s time to change your toothbrush.

Flossing – Learn to floss your teeth as most dental care commercials would say, brushing alone is not enough to ensure that your mouth and teeth is 100% clean. You can’t really guarantee that you will end up having extremely clean teeth by just brushing alone. People who floss for the first time may find it a bit strange and difficult to do. However, with enough practice, flossing can become an easy job. Dental floss helps a lot in getting rid of food remnants stuck in your teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach.

Dental Visits – Visit your dentist n ow that you already know the basic steps in maintaining a healthy set of teeth, it doesn’t mean that you can already skip visits to your dentist. It is still very important to visit your dentist at least twice a year because there are really some procedures (such as oral prophylaxis) that only dentists can do.

You should always go to the dentist for your regular checkups and cleaning and practice good oral hygiene. Having your teeth cleaned professionally by a dentist is really a different and better experience than simple brushing and flossing. Enhance your personal dental care by integrating regular brushing and flossing and visiting the dentist at least twice a year.

Call your South Tampa Dentist, Marnie Bauer DMD, for all of your dental needs – 813.839.2273