On the Southeast Dental blog, we talk a lot about daily oral hygiene routines and why they’re so important. With all the information about the right toothbrushes and flosses, how long to brush, whether or not to use mouthwash, etc., it can make these routines seem complicated. That’s why we thought it would be helpfulto outline what an effective daily oral health routine should look like, so you can see how simple it is to keep your smile healthy and bright.
Brush: The most important part of your daily oral hygiene routine is, of course, brushing your teeth. We recommend brushing 2-3 times per day, for 2 minutes each time. Be sure to brush every surface of your teeth – front, back, bottom, and everywhere in between. It can be easiest to start from the top left, work your way to the right, and repeat on the bottom teeth. For a guide to proper brushing, refer to our blog post.
Floss: Flossing cleans the areas between the teeth that can collect bacteria and food debris. Floss at least once per day – twice if you’d prefer it. You can choose to floss before brushing or after, whichever feels most comfortable within your specific routine.
Rinse: Not everyone uses mouthwash, and that’s completely fine. Some like it for a final rinse after brushing and flossing, to flush out any remaining loose debris – this can also be done with water. If you’re not sure whether or not mouthwash is right for you, we recently published a blog post that may help you decide.
See how simple an effective oral health routine can be? These, along with regular dental check-ups and cleanings, will put you on the right road to whole mouth health. If you have any questions about your specific needs, don’t hesitate to contact Southeast Dental in Markham. We’d be happy to make an appointment for you by phone at 905-471-2002 or online.