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Did you know it’s best to clean your smile twice a day: every morning and every night? It’s true! Oral hygiene is vital for your oral health. In the morning, it’s best to brush your teeth. At night, your routine is a little more complicated. To help you perform a successful before-bed oral hygiene routine, Dr. Scott Barnett has some helpful tips for you.

To begin, clean your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. As you brush, do so for two minutes and deeply clean the front, back, and top surfaces of each tooth. When the two minutes are up, rinse your mouth with water, wash the toothbrush head with water, and then place the toothbrush in an area where it can remain germ free.

Then, floss your teeth with an easy-to-use flossing product. This can be waxed floss, a water flosser, or a flossing stick. As you floss, be careful around the gumline. Being rough can injure your oral tissues. Make sure to remove as much plaque as possible.

Next, rinse your mouth with mouthwash. It’s best to use antibacterial or fluoride mouthwash for optimal results. As you rinse, follow the instructions on the bottle. It should mention the length of time to swish the rinse. This will give you a fresh breath as well as clean any areas that the toothbrush and floss might have missed.

Do you have any questions about how to clean your smile or about oral hygiene in Pell City, Alabama? If so, call Pell City Dental Center PC at 205-884-2370 now! The sooner you call us, the sooner we will be able to help you. We look forward to giving you the tips you need to care for your smile!