You don’t want to go to bed without these 3-step oral hygiene routine.
Brush at least twice a day and for two minutes. Still, many of us continue to neglect brushing our teeth at night. But brushing before bed gets rid of the germs & plaque and prevents cavities.
Brush twice a day. And not just a quick swipe. Brush for at least two minutes, staying for 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth. If you find this difficult to maintain, try an electric toothbrush. There are several models with timers that will run for two minutes and beep every 30 seconds so you’ll know when to move on.
American Dental Association (ADA) recommends placing your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. For the best results, brush in an up-and-down fashion on the front and back surfaces, then back and forth on the flat tops. Be sure to cover all the bases: front, back, and the chewing surfaces on top. Make sure to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. Bristles that become frayed and worn will be less effective at cleaning teeth.
Floss all of your teeth at least once a day, preferably at night before you go to bed. Flossing is not just for getting little pieces that may be getting stuck in between your teeth, as you may know. To stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and support lower gum inflammation, use this step-by-step guide to find out how to properly floss your teeth as American Dental Association (ADA):
- Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around one of your middle fingers. Wind the remaining floss around the same finger of the opposite hand. This finger will take up the floss as it becomes dirty.
- Hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and forefingers.
- Guide the floss between your teeth using a gentle rubbing motion. Never snap the floss into the gums
- When the floss reaches the gum line, curve it into a C shape against one tooth. Gently slide it into the space between the gum and the tooth.
- Hold the floss tightly against the tooth. Gently rub the side of the tooth, moving the floss away from the gum with up and down motions. Repeat this method on the rest of your teeth. Don’t forget the back side of your last tooth.
Use enough floss that you can have a clean section for each tooth. This will be about a foot and a half. Once you’re finished, throw the floss away. A used piece of floss won’t be as effective and could leave bacteria behind in your mouth.
Take at least one (1) lozenge a day. Do not swallow whole or chew. Let the lozenge slowly dissolve in the mouth after normal oral hygiene before you go to bed for best results. Probiotics in oral health are supported by years of research and work to improve oral health. The benefits of dental probiotics are evident in every part of the mouth because a healthy oral microbiome is the key to oral health. The good bacteria in oral probiotics can create biofilms to replace those created by undesirable bacteria. These new biofilms not only support the health of teeth and gums and reduce inflammation, but they can also block bad bacteria from reaching enamel or gum tissue to wreak havoc.