We certainly know the importance of proper oral hygiene at Island Dental Associates, but do you know just the best way to care for your teeth? While many think that simply brushing twice a day is enough to keep oral hygiene on the up and up, there is quite a bit more you can do in order to avoid tooth decay, gum disease, and a myriad of other problems that can occur in the mouth. Due to the temperature and moisture level of the mouth, it’s a perfect breeding ground for all types of harmful bacteria, and making sure to take on the proper regular oral hygiene routine is key to making sure your mouth remains happy and healthy!
The first step to a good oral hygiene routine is regular brushing, and this is a no-brainer practiced by many. However, do you know just how long to brush and what types of toothpastes are best? A good rule of thumb to follow is to brush with an extra soft bristled brush, as to not scratch the enamel of the teeth, and to use a toothpaste with fluoride to ensure cavity prevention. In terms of how long to brush, the standard length is between 2 and 3 minutes for a complete brushing experience.