Oral Hygiene in Omaha, NE
Did you know tooth decay is one of the most common infectious diseases in America? As more research is done regarding tooth decay, the link between your oral hygiene and oral/general health becomes more evident. Luckily with proper oral hygiene and professional dental care, dental complications such as tooth decay, oral infections, and even gum disease can be completely avoided. Want to learn tips for your oral hygiene in Omaha? Follow along!
Selecting the Right Toothbrush
When it comes to selecting a toothbrush we always recommend selecting a toothbrush with soft bristles. Although it may seem like harder bristles would clean “better”, they can actually damage enamel and your teeth.
Brushing Your Teeth Properly
- Hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle in relation to your gums.
- Gently brush in short (tooth-wide) strokes back and forth.
- Be sure that you brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of all your teeth.
- Always brush for at least two minutes, twice per day.
Selecting the Right Floss
When it comes to selecting dental floss, it is important to make sure you select a product that works for you. There are a wide range of options, including waxed, flavored, etc. Floss picks can be an excellent choice for children or those with mobility issues.
Flossing Your Teeth Properly
- Use approximately 18 inches of dental floss, winding it around the middle finger of one hand and index finger of the other hand.
- Leave 1-2 inches of floss between each hand to direct between the teeth.
- Gently guide the dental floss between each of your teeth, using new areas of the dental floss as needed.
Additional Oral Hygiene Tips:
- If you cannot brush after meals during the day, wash your meal down with a glass of water. Additionally, you can carry mouthwash with you to use after meals.
- A tongue scraper can be an excellent tool to remove bacteria from the tongue, reducing your risk of bad breath.
Visit Anding Family Dental Today
Want to make sure your oral hygiene is the best it can be? Schedule your professional dental care with Anding Family Dental today. We are always accepting new patients.
Dr. Michelle ChangDDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery)
Dr. Michelle Chang is a native of Honolulu, Hawaii! Graduating from Creighton School of Dentistry in 1997, she has found her home in Omaha, Nebraska. Dr. Chang and husband Galen combined their talents in 2003 to open their practice, Anding Family Dental, here in Omaha, Nebraska. They have been in practice for over ten years this last September. They truly enjoy creating an environment where all involved, patients and employees alike, can prosper.