Organizing Your Dental Hygiene Routine: 4 Questions to Ask the Dentist

Organizing Your Dental Hygiene Routine: 4 Questions to Ask the Dentist

When was the last time that you gave much thought to your dental hygiene routine? Set aside what you think you do and focus more on what actually happens. You might find there’s a stark difference. If that’s the case, it’s time to have a word with your dentist and get things back on track.

Dentists are happy to help with all sorts of questions, ranging from the basics to helping patients to learn more about Invisalign, the use of veneers, and what caps can accomplish. For now, you want information that will help add new life to the daily care of your teeth. These four questions will help you get started.


Should I Brush Immediately After Eating?

While most dentists still recommend brushing after at least two meals daily, timing is everything. In fact, it can be detrimental to your teeth if you brush immediately after finishing the meal. That’s because of the acid that’s in the mouth while chewing and for a short time afterward could damage the teeth if you rub it into the enamel with a brush.

How long should you wait? Several minutes will suffice. For example, you’ve eaten out for lunch and need to get back to work. The time it takes you to get from the restaurant to the office will be sufficient time between eating and brushing.


How Long Should I Brush?

The current recommendation is two to three minutes per session. One way to get an idea of how long two minutes happens to be is use recorded music. Select a track that’s just a little over two minutes. You start brushing as the music starts and don’t stop until it finishes.

Along with duration, do pay attention to what you’re doing while brushing. Bearing down on the toothbrush will not produce better results. Instead, up and down movements that make it easier for the bristles to get in between teeth as well as side to side movements to loosen buildup on the back side are a good idea. Don’t forget to brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth as well. A thorough rinse at the end of the brushing will also help a lot.


What Type of Toothpaste is Best for Me?

Toothpastes that contain fluoride remain popular choices. If you have sensitive teeth, your dentist can also recommend a product that will allow you to brush in relative comfort and still leave the teeth and mouth clean. If you have certain types of dental issues, the dentist may recommend products that contain other ingredients.

The goal is to identify a type of toothpaste that will help remove buildup from the teeth without causing damage to the enamel. Remember that not all toothpaste products are alike. Read the ingredients carefully before buying anything. You’ll find plenty of choices in terms of flavor that have what you need to protect the teeth and still leave a good taste in your mouth.


Do I Have to Floss Every Day?

Flossing once a day is considered the most effective in terms of removing what brushing leaves behind and lowering the risk of gum disease. If your gums are healthy, it’s possible that every other day will be sufficient. At the very least, plan on flossing a minimum of three times a week.

If you’re not sure how to floss properly, talk with the dentist. The professional can provide some insight into how to manage the task, the type of floss that’s best for you, and even much time to allow for the flossing.

Now is a great time to jettison any poor dental hygiene habits that you’ve developed over the years and get things back on track. Remember that your dentist is happy to help with everything from recommending a type of toothbrush to providing emergency dentistry if the need arises. Have a word with yours dentist and ensure your daily routine is helping rather than harming the teeth. In the years to come, you’ll be glad that you did.