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Oral Care Brady Dental Amarillo

Getting a healthy and bright smile takes more than you think.  The experts at Brady Dental Group believe that oral care is important for your overall health and well-being.  There are several things you can do at home, no matter your age, to keep your teeth and gums bursting with health.  

Regular tooth brushing is important for both children and adults.  There are many mistakes on how to properly brush teeth.  Making sure you really know how to brush your teeth is worthwhile.  Removing bacteria and plaque that cause tooth decay and gum disease is the primary cause for brushing in the morning and at night before going to bed.  

Using the right toothbrush is the first step in good oral care.  A soft-bristled toothbrush is the safest choice when choosing a toothbrush. The brush head should be small enough to reach all your teeth and the handle should fit your hand comfortably.  The experts at Brady Dental Group can help you select the brush that is right for you.  

A toothbrush that has been used for way too long should be thrown out.  A good rule of thumb is a couple of months after use the toothbrush should be replaced.  Watch for signs that the bristles are becoming worn out, frayed and no longer stand up straight. 

Brushing at least twice a day is recommended by the dentist at Brady Dental Group.  Food can form into plaque in just eight hours.  Brushing at least twice a day guarantees that plaque and odor are kept at bay in your mouth.  

When brushing, you should brush with small circular motions while holding your brush at a 45 degree angle on the front of your teeth.  Clean the insides of your teeth by opening wide and angling your toothbrush toward the gum line using an up and down motion. You should brush all of your teeth and gums to keep them healthy and happy. 

Using the right toothpaste is important in your oral care.  Dentists recommend using a toothpaste that has fluoride in it.  There is a wide variety of different types of toothpaste that are fluoridated, but there are also more natural options like herbal toothpaste that contain only natural ingredients with only a hint of fluoride.  

If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, there is toothpaste that has the active ingredient that blocks microscopic holes in the tooth.  Sensitive toothpaste works to protect your teeth from hot and cold.  It may take up to four weeks for you to experience the benefits from this type of toothpaste.  The hygienists at Brady Dental Group can help with your selection.  

Another type of toothpaste is one that controls tatar resulting from plaque buildup.  A dental cleaning from Brady Dental Group is the most effective way to have tartar buildup on your teeth removed.  However, tartar control toothpaste can help prevent plaque growth and solidification until an appointment can be made.  

Children’s toothpaste comes in fun and tasty flavors for a pleasant brushing experience.  This toothpaste can contain less fluoride to reduce the risk of children ingesting too much.  It also has fewer abrasives in order to prevent tooth sensitivity.  Dentists at Brady Dental Group are sensitive to children’s oral care and can help select the best toothpaste for your child.  

Flossing is an important part of your oral care.  Even though you brush your teeth daily, food can get stuck between your teeth, which increases the amount of bacteria and plaque in your mouth.  Irregular and improper flossing can potentially damage your teeth and gums.  Flossing daily, along with brushing and a rinse, can protect against gingivitis by removing food particles, bacteria, and plaque.  No matter what your age, flossing is essential to your oral care and health. 

To floss correctly, break off about 18 to 24 inches of dental floss.  Wind most of the floss around both middle fingers.  Leave only about 1 to 2 inches of floss for your teeth.  Hold the floss taut with your thumbs and index fingers and place the floss between two teeth.  Gently glide the floss ua and down, rubbing it against both sides of each tooth.  Be careful to not scratch or bruise your gums.  Repeat the steps as you move from tooth to tooth.  There are also other types of flossing techniques such as water flossing and interdental picks.  Ask the professionals at Brady Dental Group for the best choice for you. 

Mouthwash also has advantages for your overall oral health care.  Using mouthwash helps reduce the bacteria in your mouth, which lessens the amount of plaque that forms.  Using mouthwash that contains fluoride reduces the chance for cavities and helps prevent periodontal disease.  There are many flavors and types of mouthwash.  The hygienist at Brady Dental Group can suggest one that is right for you.  

Your diet can determine if you have good oral care.  When you drink and eat starchy or sugary foods, you are feeding the bacteria in your mouth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.  Eating fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables, dairy products like cheese, chewing sugarless gum, and other healthy habits can reduce the risk of tooth decay.  

Along with brushing and flossing daily, your diet is your best bet for a winning smile.  Ask the dentist at Brady Dental Group for details when you make your appointment today.  

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