Regularly brushing and flossing your teeth is tremendously beneficial. Not only will the process help to keep your gums and teeth looking great but it will also keep them healthy and strong. Of course, the dental hygienists at Midtown Dental Care in Milwaukee are here to support your teeth health at your regular visits, but we also want to make sure you are well informed on the steps to take every day to keep your teeth healthy and strong. Keep reading for our Essential tips on deep cleaning teeth and gums.

1. Regularly Brush Your Teeth

Let’s start with the most obvious, but also the most important, for maintaining proper oral hygiene. Brush your teeth every day, at least twice a day. For best results, be sure you’re brushing for two minutes and with high-quality fluoride toothpaste. 

2. Use A Soft Toothbrush

When brushing your teeth daily, use a soft bristle toothbrush. Soft bristles will help you avoid aggravating your gums, which can lead to receding gums. Soft toothbrushes and gentle brushing habits will also help in maintaining your enamel. The electric toothbrush is a good investment as it has a soft brush head but also allows you to have a controlled brushing technique while keeping track of how long you have been brushing your teeth. 

3. Floss Daily 

After brushing your teeth, floss. thoroughly floss between teeth in order to remove any food particles that brushing might miss. Flossing is an excellent way to prevent plaque buildup and helps maintain healthy gums.  

4. Remove Debris & Plaque

While floss is a great way to remove food particles and plaque, some debris and plaque buildup may still persist. For additional cleaning power, use things like dental picks, interdental brushes, and tongue scrapers. Talk with your dentist about what tools might work best for you.  

5. Use Mouthwash

Rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash can help keep your teeth clean and sparkling. It also can freshen your breath and prevent plaque accumulation that can lead to bigger issues over time. 

6. Schedule Regular Cleanings

We can’t stress this one enough: Schedule and keep dental checkups and dental cleanings throughout the year. The rule of thumb is a checkup once a year and cleanings every six months. Professional dental cleanings are an essential part of maintaining a healthy mouth as the tools and materials used are able to remove more plaque and buildup than your at-home process.  

7. Practice Professional Cleaning Aftercare 

After your professional dental cleanings, use a fluoride mouthwash to help prevent cavities and gum disease. Be sure to also practice any care you have been advised by your dentist to keep your teeth in good condition and prevent the development of any problems. 

8. Eat A Healthy Diet

This step will benefit more than just your teeth and gums. Eating a healthy diet is of course great for your general health, but it is also highly valuable for your oral health in particular. There are many foods that offer health benefits to your teeth and gums. Some of the best foods for your teeth include nuts and fatty fish. You will want to minimize the amount of sugary and starchy foods you eat in order to protect and maintain healthy teeth. 

9. Drink Plenty Of Water

Similarly to eating a healthy diet, an important step for oral health is drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Water helps to wash away food particles and harmful bacteria before they can settle on your teeth. Whenever possible, choose water over sugary beverage alternatives.  

Schedule An Appointment To Learn More About Deep Cleaning Teeth

Finally, one of the best things you can do to keep your teeth clean is schedule a checkup, particularly if it has been longer than a year since your last appointment. Your dentist will be able to provide you with further information and tips for continuing to maintain your oral health. Schedule an appointment with Midtown Dental Care today to learn more about deep cleaning teeth best practices.