We know it’s not always easy to keep good oral health with a busy schedule. So we’ve designed a daily routine for you that, when combined with regular trips to your dentist, will keep your teeth healthy and bright.
In the Morning
Begin your daily oral health routine with flossing before brushing.
Flossing is an important accompaniment to brushing your teeth. Flossing removes the stubborn bits of food and plaque that brushing leaves behind. You should always floss before you brush your teeth.
Here’s how to floss properly:
- Take approximately 12 to 18 inches of floss and hold so it is taught in your hands
- Slip the floss between the teeth and the gum and floss with eight to ten strokes, up and down, between each tooth
- Floss at least once a day and especially before going to bed
Once your teeth are flossed, proceed to brush and notice the extra clean feeling.
In the Afternoon
Just because you’re at work, or on the move doesn’t mean you can’t take steps to protect your oral health. Simply bringing a spare toothbrush and toothpaste to work with you in your bag and brushing your teeth during the working day will greatly help your oral health. It’s best to wait around 30 minutes after you’ve eaten to brush. Brushing our teeth is something we all do every day, but have you been doing it correctly? Here’s how:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste
- Brush your teeth before your breakfast in the morning and last thing at night
- Brush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and brush away from the gums
- Gently brush the outside, inside and chewing surface of all your teeth with small circular motions
If brushing your teeth during the day isn’t an option, try mouthwash. A quick rinse with a fluoride mouthwash 30 minutes after lunch or a snack can prevent plaque build-up and gum disease.
It’s recommended to brush your teeth at least twice a day for at least two minutes and change your toothbrush every three months. Time yourself next time you brush your teeth, are you under two minutes? Probably so, putting in the extra time makes a big difference. In the evening time, when your dinner, snacks and cups of tea are all done, simply floss and brush your teeth again before bed.
For more tips on good oral health routines, contact a dentist in Cape Town.