We all know that keeping our teeth clean is the way to prevent cavities. However, there are certain techniques that make brushing and flossing more effective, and many people may need a refresher. Below, are some tips for patients to keep their smiles healthy between their appointments with dentist Dr. Geetha Sripathi at Elite Smiles in Morrisville, North Carolina.
For most people, brushing their teeth has become a long-term habit that they likely rush through in the morning and evening. However, your Morrisville dentist encourages all patients to step back and evaluate the way they brush to make sure they're getting the most out of the routine. Make sure your toothbrush has soft bristles and a handle that is comfortable to grip. You'll also need to replace the brush if you've had it longer than three or four months. Aim to brush your teeth at least twice daily for two minutes each time. Try sectioning your mouth off into quadrants and spend thirty seconds on each to break the time up and make sure you're paying attention to all your teeth.
It's okay, you can admit it; flossing isn't at the top of your to-do list. Many adults rarely take the time to floss, but if your dental checkups at Elite Smiles in Morrisville have lead to some fillings or other unexpected treatments, it might be time to rethink the way you're caring for your teeth. That's because brushing alone can't remove the tiny particles of food that collect between your teeth and just under your gum line. Without flossing once a day, these particles can attract bacteria and lead to cavities and gum disease. You can try using the plastic flossing picks or interdental brushes instead of string; you may find these easier and more convenient. You can also try visualizing your goal to floss daily by marking each day that you floss on your calendar.
For more tips from Dr. Geetha Sripathi, contact Elite Smiles in Morrisville, North Carolina for a checkup appointment by calling (919) 388-0137.