Basic dental hygiene is the foundation of healthy teeth and a white smile. Let’s face it, no one likes to visit the dentist even for a cleaning and especially for dental problems like cavities and gum disease. In fact, the regular practice of basic dental hygiene habits is the best way to build and maintain strong healthy teeth for years to come. Clean white teeth and fresh breath is also beneficial in your social life. There is nothing which turns people off more than bad breath and an ugly mouth.
Basic dental hygiene is taking care of your teeth by brushing and flossing twice daily. Brushing
Of foremost importance among basic dental hygiene is brushing. Proper brushing at least twice a day can help to prevent the build up of plaque which eventually will become tarter. Once tarter forms on your teeth you must see a dentist to have it removed. Proper brushing should take 3-5 minutes and cover all surface areas of the teeth. Dentists also recommend lightly brushing the gums to clean them and stimulate circulation to help prevent gum disease. Flossing
Flossing is also an integral part of proper basic dental hygiene. Flossing cleans between your teeth where your toothbrush can not reach. It is recommended that you floss twice per day. Fluoride
Basic dental hygiene also involves using fluoride. Fluoride is present in most brands of toothpaste and aids in the prevention of tooth decay. In addition to getting fluoride through your toothpaste, some dentists offer fluoride treatments at regular cleaning check ups.
Practice basic dental hygiene and visit your dentist on a regular basis for clean and healthy teeth. And that is where Ameriplan® can help. Our discount dental plan makes these essential visits to the dentist affordable.