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Many of us learned about dental hygiene habits when we were children–but it’s a good idea to brush up on your techniques! Let’s review some basics of oral hygiene.

 

Brush: First, brush your teeth, twice a day, for two minutes each time. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to protect your enamel and gum tissues from damage. Don’t brush too hard, or you can also damage your tissues (think “massage” rather than “scrub”). If you have a hard time spending two minutes on your teeth, try listening to a favorite song! That can help the time fly by!

 

Floss: Floss your teeth, every day, for two to three minutes. Flossing cleans the places that your toothbrush can’t clean–in between teeth and behind back molars, for example. It doesn’t matter whether you floss first or brush first, as long as you do both.

 

Mouthwash: Some people choose to include mouthwash in their daily oral hygiene routine. If you choose to do this, know that not all mouthwashes are created equal. That being the case, be sure to buy and use what is referred to as “therapeutic” mouthwash–that is, mouthwash that actually kills bacteria, rather than simply masking bad breath.

 

For more information about at-home dental care, call Preston Family Dentistry in Dallas, Texas, at 972-447-9707.  Dr. Mehrnaz Iranmehr and our team are happy to help!