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Oral Hygiene

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Oral Hygiene

The very best way to avoid dental health problems such as dental cavities, tooth infections, tooth decay, and gum disease is by practicing good oral hygiene.

We have many patients who want a step-by-step guide on how to set up a good oral hygiene routine and what types of things should be included in this routine. Please consider this page as your oral hygiene guide!

Good Oral Hygiene Routine

Below are the 4 things that should always be a part of your daily dental hygiene routine:

Brushing Your Teeth

We all know that we should be brushing our teeth every day. But there’s a technique that can help you brush your teeth correctly.

  • Make sure you’re brushing for two minutes each time you brush
  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle, pointed towards the gums
  • Make sure you’ve brushed each surface of the teeth including both sides and the chewing surface
  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day, or after each meal
  • Use fluoride toothpaste when brushing

Flossing Your Teeth 

Flossing should be as important to your routine as brushing is. If you don’t floss, you’re allowing plaque to build up in between the teeth, where your brush can’t reach. We see many cavities forming between the teeth because people are forgetting to floss. Below are some tips on how to floss correctly.

  • Floss your teeth at least once a day (or more)
  • It’s important that you’re remembering to floss your back molars as well, even though they’re tougher to reach
  • Follow the curve of each tooth to avoid causing damage to the gum tissue

Cleaning Your Tongue

Many people don’t know that cleaning your tongue should be as important a step as brushing and flossing. The same kinds of bacteria that accumulate on the teeth, are building up on your tongue as well. Below are some ways to make sure you’re keeping your tongue healthy and clean:

  • If you’re using a toothbrush to clean your tongue, put some toothpaste on the brush and use circular motions to brush the tongue
  • If you’re using floss to clean your tongue, wrap the ends of the floss around each forefinger and use the middle area of floss to scrape down the tongue
  • If you’re using a tongue scraper, hold the scraper with both hands and use the middle to gently scrape down the tongue

Please remember to rinse your mouth after you clean your tongue. This will wash away any remaining bacteria. 

Visiting Balota Family Dentistry 

Lastly, making sure to visit Dr. Nora Balota every six months for a dental cleaning and exam can be a great way to care for your dental health. Not only will you receive a professional dental cleaning, but you’ll also get a comprehensive dental exam. During this exam, Dr. Balota will be able to detect any potential problems early on, when they’re simpler and more cost effective to treat.

Please contact Balota Family Dentistry at our Colorado Springs, Colorado family dental office.