Top Oral Hygiene Tips for a Radiant and Healthy Smile

Following a daily protocol of healthy oral hygiene habits can help your smile remain its very best between appointments.

Maintain Adequate Nutrition

The snacks and meals we choose to indulge in directly impact our oral health. Include extra calcium in your diet to ensure you are meeting the daily requirements for your age. Yogurt, almond milk, cheese, cream cheese and dairy milk are excellent sources.

You need plenty of calcium for your teeth. It is essential for the teeth as well as your bones. It is better to drink milk, fortified orange juice and to eat yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products. You can also take a calcium supplement, taking different doses according to your age and necessity as per prescription. Calcium and Vitamin D are necessary for maintaining the health of gums and teeth. Vitamin B complex is also essential for the protection of gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding. Copper, zinc, iodine, iron and potassium are also required for maintaining healthy dental hygiene.

Update Your Gear

Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush once every three months on average. If you suffer from cold sores, a cough or a cold, you can switch it out even sooner. Try out different fluoride toothpastes until you find your family’s favorite flavor, and use a high quality mouth rinse to address any post-brushing germs and plaque.

Correct Angle Brushing

Utilizing your toothbrush on the correct angle is directly related to how effective your brushing is. Use gentle motions to sweep plaque away from the sulcus (the space between a tooth and the surrounding tissue) and keep the gum-line free and clear.

When brushing your teeth, position the bristles at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. Both the gum line and the tooth surface should be in contact with the bristles. Brush the outer surfaces of the teeth using a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion, making sure to be done gently in order to avoid bleeding. To clean the inside surfaces of the teeth and gums, place the bristles at a 45-degree angle again and repeat the back-and-forth, up-and-down motion. Lastly, brush the surfaces of your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria, which might cause bad breath.

Don’t Forget to Brush Your Tongue

Brush your tongue. The best way to combat bad breath is to clean the tongue every week with a Tongue Scrape. The majority of bad breath is caused by substances called “Volatile Sulphurous Compounds” and these are very commonly found on the surface of the tongue. A Tongue Scrape removes the build up of white matter from the tongue and shifts the smelly bits with it.

Brush Up on Your Flossing Technique

Waxed dental floss and flossing picks definitely help break up the plaque on your teeth, but they aren’t your best option. The sleek profile of this type of floss typically doesn’t allow for the sticky plaque to attach itself easily. The results obtained with expanding dental floss are superior, as explained below.

Expanding floss is a dental hygiene product meant to clean between the teeth. It grows thicker when it comes in contact with moisture, like saliva. The friction caused by running the floss between teeth can also cause this type of floss to expand. This expansion may help to produce better results and more effective flossing, because expanding floss is thought to clean more surfaces and wider spaces more thoroughly than other types of floss.

Maintain Your Regular Visits With Us

One of the best tips for maintaining a healthy, brilliant smile is keeping regular oral hygiene appointments for check-ups and cleanings. Dr Jolene Dague is your smile headquarters for dentist  in the Davenport area of Iowa. Visit the website or use the contact form on this page to make an appointment. We look forward to hearing from you.