Staying on top of your teeth cleaning may seem like a relatively easy and obvious routine chore, but we’re willing to bet that there are some things you have either forgotten, or maybe didn’t know. Today we have rounded up some of the most important things that you can do to make sure that you are keeping up with your teeth cleaning, as well as some of the reasons for why this practice is so important. Mylife Dental in Eagan cares about your dental health, so call us today and learn what we have to offer you!

Don’t Just Brush

You read that right, just going through the motions of swiping your toothbrush up and down in your mouth for 30 seconds isn’t proper brushing at all. Not only should you brush your teeth for a complete two minutes, but there is also a proper technique that you should be using each time in order to get the most benefit from this twice-daily routine. First of all, grip your toothbrush as if you were holding a pencil and use small, circular motions. Do not give in to the temptation to brush as hard as if you were digging for gold! This can actually cause harm to your gums, and scrape away enamel from your teeth. Enamel is the outer surface of your teeth that serves as protection. Make sure that you hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle pointed towards your gum line as you brush in those circular motions we just mentioned. Teeth cleaning, done properly, can make all the difference in your smile.

Finesse Your Floss

Many people like to avoid flossing because it feels like a time-consuming chore that can easily be skipped for more entertaining ways of spending time. In actuality, flossing is something that is critical to the whole process of teeth cleaning. While you should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day, you can reserve flossing to just once a day. Flossing may seem like an accessory to keeping your teeth clean, in other words, something that is nice, but not really necessary. If that is your mindset, then try thinking about this — would you paint one side of your fence and not the other? Probably not, because the job would not be complete. Flossing is just like painting the other side of the fence so that everything is protected and complete. When flossing, make sure to wrap about a foot of floss around your index fingers until there are just about two inches between them. Use this section to floss between your teeth, unrolling a new section with each new space. This practice will help foster healthier gums and teeth, leaving you with a cleaner mouth and a fabulous teeth cleaning routine!

The Right Brush

Choosing the right toothbrush is critical to any teeth cleaning practice. We will offer some suggestions, but if you are still unsure, then you should check with your dentist to get a recommendation of what is best for you. If you are going the route of using a manual toothbrush, then make sure that you have chosen one with soft bristles, and a regular-to-small size head. The reason for choosing soft bristles is that many people brush their teeth in a much harder fashion than they are aware. As we mentioned earlier, over brushing can cause a lot of damage to both your gums and your teeth. If you choose a toothbrush with soft bristles, you will be less likely to fall into the trap of over brushing. Remember to replace your toothbrush about every two to three months to make sure that you are using a brush that is cleaning your teeth, rather than one whose bristles have become brittle and are starting to create problems for your teeth. The key to a healthy and efficient teeth cleaning routine is finding the right brush! 

Can Your Sodas

We get it, sodas are sweet and fizzy, and all that is right in the world. However, sodas pack a double whammy to your teeth. Aside from their high sugar content, their carbonation is another factor that damages your gum and tooth enamel. If you have soda on an occasional basis, there is nothing to worry about. We’re willing to bet, however, that many of you have at least one can or more of soda everyday. Sugar, of course, is a major culprit in tooth decay because it fuels the bacteria and acid production that cause plaque to form and eat away at the enamel of your teeth. In addition to cutting down on sugary treats, work towards limiting your consumption of soda to occasional events. The fizz in your soda is made from two ingredients, phosphoric acid, and citric acid. Both of these can make your tooth enamel softer and, as a result, more susceptible to cavities. If you can’t quit cold-turkey, then try stepping down to water that is flavored with crushed berries, or mint leaves. Teeth cleaning isn’t just about what you do to your teeth, it’s also about what you consume, so make good choices!

Mylife Dental wants to be the reason you smile today, and everyday. Teeth cleaning at home can be improved with the suggestions we discussed today. If you need professional teeth cleaning, then call our office to learn about the different services that we offer. We look forward to your visit!