Good, thorough brushing for the cleaning of the teeth, gums, and tongue is important for the health of the mouth. If you’ve ever been to the dentist, none of this is news. Host response, or how your body reacts to bacteria, is always a factor in dental hygiene but here are the basic guidelines that dentists recommend:
Brushing twice a day for two minutes (30 seconds in each quadrant of the mouth) will ensure your mouth is staying clean. Touch every side of every tooth in the mouth with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Hard-bristled toothbrushes have more potential to damage the gum tissues and teeth. “They are great to clean the grout in your bathtub, but not so good for teeth,” Dentist Matt Messina says. Generally speaking, replace your toothbrush every three months, or when bristles start to become worn.
Flossing once a day is plenty. If you floss regularly, it should only take about two minutes to go through the mouth. Unless recommended by your dentist, mouthwash is not a necessary part of daily dental care. Rinsing with water gets the job done.Back to top