By Dr. Constance Smith
February 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

Caring for your smile is crucial to its health. Find out if you have the proper habits instilled in your routine from your Jackson dentists.oral hygiene

In 2014 the American Dental Association found that as many as 23 percent of Americans had gone two or more days without brushing their teeth in just the previous year alone. Yuck! And about 37 percent of Americans between 18 to 24 years old have gone two or more days without brushing. This is a pretty scary statistic because this means that millions of Americans aren’t maintaining good oral hygiene. From the office of our Jackson, MI, dentists, learn more about how to up your dental care game for the long run to gain a healthier smile.


  • When it comes to brushing your teeth you should be brushing at least twice a day, ideally in the morning after breakfast and again at night before bed.
  • Every time you brush your teeth you should spend at least 2 minutes brushing.
  • When the bristles begin to fray (usually every 3-4 month) it’s time to swap that toothbrush head out for a brand new one.
  • When you brush, make sure to brush back and forth across the front surfaces of the tooth at a 45-degree angle. Angle the toothbrush vertically to clean the inner surfaces of the teeth.
  • Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove those bad breath-causing bacteria.


  • Floss at least once a day. Ideally, consider flossing at bedtime before you brush your teeth (removing plaque between teeth first can help toothpaste get to more surfaces of your teeth).
  • Always use a very generous amount of floss (about 18 inches). Hold the floss firmly between your fingers. Wind it around the pointer or middle fingers for more leverage.
  • Slowly work floss into the crevices between teeth. Make sure the floss hugs the side of the tooth as you gently move the floss up and down to remove plaque. Also make sure to floss the gumline, as well.
  • Use a new, clean section of floss for every tooth.


  • Avoid sugar and processed foods as much as possible.
  • If you do eat sugar make sure to rinse out your mouth or brush your teeth immediately after (unless the foods are acidic, in which case you should wait 30 minutes before brushing but do rinse your mouth with water).
  • Include smile-healthy foods in your diet. This includes low-fat dairy (cheese is actually a great snack for you and your smile), fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.

Don’t forget that visiting us for routine cleanings will also go a long way to maintaining the very best oral health. If it’s time for your six-month cleaning call our Jackson, MI, dental office today.