By Michael Flatley, D.D.S.
December 04, 2014
Category: Oral Health
If you already see Dr. Michael Flatley twice a year for dental checkups, you are certainly doing your part to ensure that your smile remains clean and healthy; however, that’s not the only thing you need to do to have optimum oral health. You also need to be taking proper care of your teeth between these six-month visits to guarantee that you maintain healthy teeth and gums for years to come. Your Gig Harbor, WA dentist offers up the best ways to keep teeth as pristine as when you left the dentist’s office.
1. Floss daily:
While this might seem like a no-brainer, you would be surprised how many people don’t floss regularly, or at all! Flossing is probably one of the most important habits you can adopt to ensure that you have a healthy, clean smile between professional cleanings. Always use a generous amount of floss and gently glide it between your teeth and around each tooth. Be sure to use a clean piece of floss between each tooth so you don’t just push bacteria back into your mouth.
2. Replace old toothbrushes:
Most people aren’t aware that they need to replace toothbrushes approximately every three to four months. Check out your toothbrush and see if the bristles are starting to fray. If so, it’s time to toss that brush and buy yourself a new one right away. Over time, harmful bacteria can get trapped in the fanned bristles, which can put debris back on your teeth or even make you sick.
3. Brush for at least two to three minutes:
You won’t believe how many people don’t brush their teeth long enough. You may feel like brushing takes forever, but on average, most people only tend to brush their teeth for about 30 seconds. You should be spending about two to three minutes twice a day getting your pearly whites clean. Set a timer if you need to and really focus on cleaning every tooth. Hold yourself accountable for brushing for the proper amount of time and your smile will thank you.
If it’s time to schedule your next dental checkup with your Gig Harbor dentist, Michael Flatley, DDS, call us today so we can get you in as soon as possible. And if you have other tips to share with our patients about keeping their smiles healthy, we would love to hear from you!