Take care of your SMILE! :)
As mentioned in my introduction I am a Registered Dental Hygienist. Some of my skills as a dental hygienist include: cleaning, instructing oral hygiene techniques (brushing, flossing), taking radio-graphs and administering local anesthetic (Freezing/sleepy juice).
Let me share the routine I do every day to keep my smile bright!
Disclaimer: Although I am a professional, I believe in client specific care. It is best to consult your own dentist or dental hygienist for treatment plan and home care routine that is specifically recommended for you.
1.Flossing – I floss daily! I cannot stress the importance of flossing! Food and bacteria gets trapped in between the teeth and under the gums that a toothbrush will not be able to reach. This is what we call plaque. Plaque, if not removed can calcify or “harden” and turn into tartar. Tartar cannot be removed from brushing and flossing and you will need to see a dental professional to remove them. It harbors a lot of bacteria that can cause gum disease and bad breath.
2.Brush – Flossing removes plaque in between and under the gums while brushing removes plaque on the smooth surfaces of your teeth! I personally like to use an electronic toothbrush to brush my teeth and I have tried a variety of brands. Remember to brush all surfaces of your teeth! Back, front and the chewing surfaces! To make sure I do not miss a spot I like to section my mouth into 4 quadrants. Upper left, upper right, lower left and lower right. I make sure I brush all surfaces of one quadrant before moving onto the next.
3.Tongue scraping – Do you know your tongue surface has little dents and grooves? Whenever you eat, food and bacteria get stuck into the little grooves and causes bad breath and a coated tongue. Your tongue should be pink! I find that a tongue scraper works a lot better than brushing with a toothbrush. Check your local drug store for a tongue scraper! It cleans amazingly well and you will never look back! Food will taste better and breath will smell fresher!
4.Mouth wash – Your mouth consists of hard tissue (teeth) and soft tissue (eg. gum+cheeks). Makes sure to clean the soft tissue in your mouth to get completely clean. There are two types of mouthwashes: Cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwash makes your breath smell fresh. Therapeutic mouthwashes make your breath smell fresh with the added benefits of ingredients that aim to improve the health of gums and teeth. I always use an alcohol-free therapeutic mouthwash. Alcohol in mouthwash dries your tissues and is not recommended anymore.
5.Smile – Remember to show off your pearly whites with a beautiful smile!
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