Maintaining your dental hygiene is an important part of your overall health, but you may need to reevaluate your habits to make sure you're getting the most out of your brushing and flossing routine. Dr. John Isbrandt, your dentist in St. Charles, IL, has provided some helpful information for his patients on this subject.
We all know that brushing our teeth is necessary in the battle against tooth decay, but are you doing it the right way? Read through this checklist from your St. Charles dentist and decide if your routine needs some "brushing up."
- Use a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush.
- Switch out your toothbrush every three to four months, or whenever the bristles start to loosen or become splayed.
- Brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time. An electric toothbrush with a timer can help with this part.
It can be difficult to know how to work flossing into your daily routine, but the benefits are well worth it! Your dentist wants patients to know that when you floss doesn't matter - morning, afternoon or evening - just that it's done once a day to keep plaque and tartar from building up between the teeth. This, combined with the convenience of disposable flossing picks instead of the traditional spool, gives you the freedom to choose a time and setting that works best for you. Flossing before or after you brush your teeth is always acceptable, but you could keep a supply of picks next to your bedside table to floss while you're reading or checking emails in the evening. Some people even keep the picks in their car and floss before heading into work in the morning or after their lunch break.
While brushing and flossing are an excellent way to keep your dental health in check, the best thing you can do for your teeth is make two appointments each year with Dr. Isbrandt. The deep cleaning will remove any tartar buildup, which will keep both your teeth and gums healthy. X-rays will display any cavities that may not immediately show up. Any other problems can be detected early and treated as soon as possible, giving you the best chance for a quick recovery and a lower cost.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact the dental office of Dr. Isbrandt in St. Charles, IL today!