What is the Ideal Oral Health Routine for Healthy Smiles?

woman's oral health routine and teeth brushing

Your oral health routine can make or break your smile. For many people, caring for your teeth has become so much a part of your day that you don’t even give it much thought. But it’s worth a little thought and effort for those who want to sport healthy smiles. Of course, brushing and flossing are foundational to a healthy mouth, but there is more to maintaining good oral health. You may focus more on your hair routine than oral hygiene, but healthy smiles are front and center too when it comes to attention and first impressions.

Is there an ideal oral health routine?

Each person is individual when it comes to routines. Your daily oral hygiene routine can be different too based on your age, diet, medical needs, and occupation. While routines may vary to accommodate individuals, some of the basics of oral hygiene are universal including:

Let’s take a look at the basics you need for an ideal oral health routine.

Brushing for Healthy Smiles

Dr. Caceres recommends brushing twice daily. But that will take you more than just a few seconds. It should take you at least 2 minutes to brush your teeth properly. That’s about 30 minutes each of your mouth’s quadrants. If this seems difficult for you, try an electric toothbrush. You can also use a timer that will beep every 30 seconds, so you’ll know when to move to another area.

Your toothbrush should be held at a 45-degree angle to the surface of your teeth. To achieve the best results, brush up and down on the front and back surfaces of the teeth. Then use a back-and-forth motion on the flat tops. Make sure to cover all the surfaces. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste approved by the American Dental Association.

Flossing for Healthy Smiles

Floss between all your teeth at least once a day. The best time is right before you go to bed each night. If you are flossing and brushing before bed, floss first, then brush. Flossing will help remove food particles and loosen plaque so that brushing will be more effective. You may choose to use dental floss in pieces, or a small plastic flosser.

Rinsing Your Mouth

Once you have thoroughly brushed and flossed, rinse your mouth using mouthwash. Make sure to choose a flavor you like so you’ll be encouraged to do it regularly. Pour a capful of mouthwash, then swish it around in your mouth for 30 seconds. Make sure to close your lips so the mouthwash can do its job. Once you’ve swished it around in your mouth for 30 seconds, spit it out. Not only will your mouth feel wonderfully refreshed, but it can help clear out little bits of debris brushing and flossing can miss.

How do I know if I’m doing a good job?

Firstly, your mouth is going to feel fresh and healthy. Here are a few more things you may notice when your oral hygiene routine is working:

  •  Breath smells fresh
  •  Your teeth feel clean
  •  You notice that your mouth feels better first thing in the mornings
  •  Your gums are a healthy pink color and not red
  •   You don’t notice your gums hurting or bleeding while brushing and flossing

Schedule a Checkup with Your Marietta Dentist

Even those who nail your daily oral health routine and have healthy smiles need routine visits to your Marietta dentist. Dr. Caceres will do x-rays and an exam to make sure there are no small cavities or signs of gum disease. Having an ideal oral health routine and regular checkups help keep your mouth and smile healthy.