No one wants to go through dental pain or other oral health issues and there’s a lot we can do at home to prevent them. Poor dental hygiene is one of the primary causes of tooth decay, so by following a good oral care routine you can avoid a lot of dental issues in the long run.
Here’s what you need to know:
Plaque is a sticky substance made of bacteria and sugars that builds up on your teeth. Left unchecked, it can harden into tartar that can lead to gum disease or metabolize sugars to produce acids that can lead to tooth decay. This is why it’s so important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to visit your dentist regularly.
Having the right toothbrush and toothpaste makes a big difference. Get a soft or medium bristled toothbrush with a head that fits comfortably in your mouth and allows you to reach all the areas of your teeth. Signal toothbrushes include a wide range of different brush heads so you can choose the ones that are right for you and your family. Be sure to use a toothpaste with fluoride which helps prevent tooth decay. All of Signal toothpastes contain fluoride to protect your teeth.
Use small, gentle back-and-forth motions, remembering to cover every surface of every tooth. Take your time: brushing your teeth should take at least two minutes – three is even better
When you’re in a hurry in the morning or feeling exhausted in the evening, it’s easy to neglect your routine. But if you make an effort to practice good oral hygiene every day, you’ll be able to enjoy healthier and happier smiles for decades to come.
Flossing is essential for good oral hygiene. Even the best brushing technique won't reach the small areas between your teeth.
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