The Individual’s Guide to Proper Dental Care (Part 1): Dental Care Habits You Need to Keep in Mind

Understanding patient’s concerns is key to helping them achieve beautiful smiles. As a result, this blog post will be part of a blog series dedicated to helping every individual avoid cavities and teeth problems. As first part of the series, this post is going to discuss dental care habits that every individual should practice regularly to achieve healthy looking smiles.

What will primarily be the focus of this post and that you should be putting to heart are more of a series of steps that you need to do whenever you step into the bathroom to clean your teeth after a meal or before you go to sleep.

For most people, brushing their teeth and scraping their tongues in the morning and before they go to bed is enough to maintain good oral health. However, maintaining a bright white smile takes more than just simple cleaning and brushing. As a matter of fact, people have to consider how they brush their teeth and how long they need to brush a particular area. Other practices such as flossing and gargling can also complement these primary teeth cleaning habits.

1. Flossing – Although the common knowledge is to brush first and to floss later on, the first thing that individuals need to do is to floss. They must floss the teeth thoroughly so that they can reach areas where between the teeth and gums, which is where food particles usually get stuck and become a nest for bad bacteria. Do not forget to floss the part of the teeth that is at the back of your mouth, although it may take some time getting used to flossing comfortably. You may use as much floss as you need.

2. Tongue Scraping – When scraping the tongue, make sure you do it gently, either with a tongue scraper or with a toothbrush that has a tongue scraper at the back of the brush. Hold the scraper properly and scrape for at least four to five times, from the back of the tongue (the farthest you can reach without gagging) to the very tip. Doing so will remove the mucus layer that coats your tongue and where bacteria reside. Just make sure you do not scrape roughly or vigorously. If you start seeing blood then you are scraping too much. The important thing is that you are able to remove the mucus that is accumulating in your tongue.
As an additional step, you can place a pea-sized amount into the scraper and repeat the process. Once done, do not rinse yet. Leave it on until you start brushing your teeth.

3. Brushing – Apply a considerable amount of toothpaste on your toothbrush and brush for approximately two to three minutes, covering within that timeframe all the areas in your mouth, including the front and back of the gum line. Gently brush the palate (the roof of your mouth) and the inside of your cheeks as well. It is essential to cover all areas of your mouth when brushing because bacteria can stick anywhere in your mouth.
When brushing, remember to do so gently but thoroughly. Position your toothbrush towards the gum line so that the bristles can slide inside it. During the process, do not rinse your mouth with water. You may, however, spit out any excess saliva or toothpaste foam.

4. Rinsing – Start by pouring two capfuls (or the recommended dosage) of the mouthwash or oral rinse into a glass. Rinse your mouth with this solution after brushing your teeth. Gargle the solution for about a minute to cover all the surfaces inside the mouth.
Your second rinse you should gargle for a minute and a half, rinsing as far back as you can without gagging, as you can accidentally swallow the solution if you gag.

Dental cleaning habits are an important part of oral hygiene and should be incorporated into your daily schedule so as to prevent any type of decay from forming in your teeth. Food particles that get stuck in your teeth can accumulate, allowing bacteria to proliferate in between your teeth and gums, as well as your tongue, so you have to make sure that you are doing enough precautionary measures to avoid rushing to the dentist for an emergency procedure.