When it comes to implementing just about anything in life, a routine is helpful. A routine is basically a plan that is set in place to help you achieve your goals. Routines do not have to be extremely complicated or rigid; they simply need to be planned ahead of time and then carried out. One area in life that many people neglect to implement a routine is the area of oral health. Without a proper routine in place to care for the entire mouth, your teeth, gums, and breath will all suffer.
Here are tips for developing a good dental routine:
- Floss daily – Flossing your teeth is more important than brushing your teeth. Every time you eat and drink, particles of food or sugars become trapped in the tight spaces between the teeth. Toothbrush bristles cannot reach these areas, making dental floss an essential tool for keeping the teeth clean. Flossing extracts plaque and particles from the spaces between the teeth so that bacteria do not congregate and cause significant damage.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day – While flossing may be the most important, brushing is still essential to your oral health. Brushing your teeth loosens and removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. Brushing also helps keep your breath fresh, and using a fluoride toothpaste will help to protect your teeth from developing cavities and decay.
- Rinse your toothbrush well – After brushing, it is important to rinse your toothbrush well under fast, running water. This helps to remove plaque and particles that became trapped in the bristles while you were brushing. It is also important to store your toothbrush in an upright position so that it will dry quickly and inhibit bacterial growth.
- Replace your toothbrush often – Even with proper rinsing, bacteria will begin to grow on your toothbrush. Replacing your toothbrush every 3-6 months is necessary to ensure that you are using a clean tool for cleaning your mouth. If you have ever wondered why you receive a new toothbrush at every dental appointment, it is because your dentist understands how important this is.
- Visit the dentist regularly – While not a part of your daily routine, keeping bi-annual dental appointments is imperative. Regular professional cleanings and exams help keep your mouth clean, healthy, and allow your dentist to identify areas of concern early on.
Meadowbrook Family Dental encourages you to develop a good dental routine.
Posted on behalf of Meadowbrook Family Dental