Happy 2019! Ready to embark on your resolution to improve your dental health? As the experienced team of dental hygienists and dental assistants at the DENTAL STUDIO, we'd like to take a moment to help you "brush up" on dental hygiene basics. Please read below to see those tips, then give us a call to schedule your next cleaning in San Francisco: 415-392-5025.
What is Dental Plaque, Anyway?
Good dental hygiene is critical to fighting plaque that builds up on your teeth and gums. Plaque is what is known as a biofilm, basically a collection of bacteria, saliva and food debris. This microbial plaque causes cavities and gum disease. But you can prevent these problems by reducing plaque with good dental hygiene.
Taking Your Dental Hygiene Routine to the Next Level in 2019
The start of a New Year is a great time to improve your dental hygiene game. Here are a few ideas for how to do so from our experienced, friendly team of dental hygienists:
- Do you use an electric toothbrush? The best toothbrush is the one you use every day, 2-3 times a day, but there are some benefits to going electric. The rotating, oscillating head tends to be more efficient at cleaning your teeth than your manual toothbrush. Plus it automates optimal cleaning, instead of requiring you to get the brushing technique right every time.
- Set a timer. You should brush for two minutes, every time you brush. Some electric toothbrushes have a built-in timer. Alternatively, use a timer on your phone or purchase a standalone timer for the bathroom counter. Of course, you can always just keep an eye on the clock! The point is to maintain awareness of the two-minute goal.
- Choose soft bristles, unless our dentists recommend medium or hard bristles for you. The vast majority of people need only soft bristles on their toothbrushes. Medium and hard bristles are abrasive against the gums, and can in fact lead to deterioration of the gum tissue. While it may seem like the firmest bristles would do the most cleaning, the fact is that your teeth and gums do not require that level of abrasion. A soft touch is typically more than adequate.
- Rinse your mouth out with water after a meal or snack. Sometimes all you need is a little H2O refresher. After you eat, food gets lodged between your teeth. While you don't want to brush and floss every single time you have a snack, simply rinse and swish for 30 seconds or so with plain water. It will dislodge a lot of the food stuck between your teeth.
- Have a raw veggie snack during the day. Crunchy, firm vegetables have an effect similar to little scrubbies on your teeth, disrupting some of the film of plaque building up on your teeth. Firm, crunchy food also stimulates saliva production, and saliva helps to wash away plaque and food debris. Here are a few ideas for raw snacks: broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, strawberries, snap peas, green beans, cucumber, etc.
Remember, it's always okay to enjoy a treat on occasion!
When you visit our dental hygienists at the DENTAL STUDIO in San Francisco, we provide customized tips and advice. As an individual, you have unique dental hygiene needs. Rely on us to help you obtain your best oral health.
Always Remember the Basics: Dental Hygiene Fundamentals
So, still trying to decide how you can improve your dental cleaning routine? Sometimes, getting back to basics is the best place to start.
- Brush your teeth 2-3 times per day, every day
- Floss once a day, every day
- Visit the dentist at recommended intervals – for most people, a cleaning and checkup every 6 months is adequate
A bit of prevention goes a really long way, especially when it comes to great dental health. Take the time to care for your teeth and gums – you deserve it!
Schedule Your Next Cleaning
Ready for your next cleaning and checkup? Or want to learn more about us? Please call the experienced team at the DENTAL STUDIO at 415-392-5025. Our comfortable, state-of-the-art dental office is located right in Union Square, in San Francisco, CA. Our dental hygienists and dentists love going to work each day, because it means we have an opportunity to make our patients smile. Our patients visit us from across the surrounding Bay Area, including San Rafael, Oakland and Berkeley.