Make sure your daily habits are benefiting your smile, and not hurting it.
Everyone wants to have a healthy smile but how many people actually put in all the work necessary to keep teeth and gums clean and healthy? While having a beautiful, healthy smile might sound ideal, just like everything else in life you still need to put in the work in order to reap the smile benefits. Our Midtown Manhattan, NY, dentist Dr. Brandon Huang is here to tell you what constitutes good oral hygiene.
Brushing Your Teeth
If you want to keep teeth free from plaque and tartar buildup then it’s important to follow these steps every time you brush:
- Brush twice a day
- Brush for around 2-3 minutes each time you brush
- Brush all surfaces of your teeth
- Remember to brush at a 45-degree angle
- Don’t brush too vigorously as this can wear down enamel
- Replace your toothbrush head every three to four months
Flossing Your Teeth
Flossing is just as important as brushing for removing plaque and food particles from between teeth. Don’t expect your toothbrush to be able to do all the work. Flossing once a day is truly all you need to do in order to keep the spaces between your teeth clean.
Remember to use a generous amount of floss every time you floss. Be gentle when flossing, as your gums are sensitive. Never tug, snap or pull floss forcefully from between teeth, as this can damage the gums or tooth enamel.
Other Habits to Adopt
Besides your at-home oral care routine, our Midtown Manhattan general dentist is also here to provide you with some other tips for how to keep your smile healthy:
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet and avoid sugar, starches and junk food
- Consider using a therapeutic mouthwash or rinse
- Consider getting fluoride treatment or dental sealants
- Visit our dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams
- Quit smoking
- Come in right away for care if you notice any symptoms or changes in your oral health
Whether you have questions about your oral routine or you need to schedule your six-month cleaning, New York Dental Studio in Midtown Manhattan, NY, is here to help. Call us today!