Marrero LA dentists Dr. Maria Burmaster and Dr. Valerie Ribando want all of their patients to enjoy optimal oral health. Oral health begins with an at home oral hygiene routine. We all know we should brush and floss, but is your routine as effective as it could be?
2 Minute Brush
Most people report only brushing for a brief 45 seconds at a time. That is less than half of the recommended brushing time. Remember to always brush for a full two minutes. Two minutes gives you time to thoroughly brush all surfaces of your teeth, and soft tissues. To make the time go by faster and to be sure you are brushing for a full two minutes, put on your favorite two minute song, or, set a timer.
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, or sooner if the bristles begin to ware. Replacing your toothbrush frequently is important for several reasons. New bristles clean better and are more effective at removing debris from your mouth. Replacing your toothbrush also helps to keep bacteria at bay. Both bacteria from your mouth and airborne particles begin to build up on the bristles of your toothbrush, replacing your brush helps keep your bacteria exposure to a minimum.
There is no need to brush vigorously. Brushing harder has no proven advantages over brushing gently. Brushing too hard can irritate your gums and may erode the protective enamel on your teeth. Gentle and deliberate brushing will help to remove debris and bacteria from your smile without agitating your teeth and gums.
Schedule Regular Visits to Our Marrero Dentist Office
Visiting the dentist twice a year is important even if you feel as though your mouth is healthy. With recent studies showing the intimate connection between body and oral health, there is now more emphasis on preventive oral care for improved overall health.
Visiting our Marrero dentist office twice a year can help Dr. Ribando and Dr. Burmaster diagnose any complex health concerns early. Early diagnosis allows for conservative treatment to save you time, money and improve your oral health.
To schedule a comprehensive oral exam and professional dental cleaning, or to discuss a specific oral health concern, contact Barataria Dental.