Making good decisions requires both effort and commitment in order to see the benefits of those good decisions come to fruition. Taking proper care of your oral health is no exception to this: it requires a daily commitment to make the choice that you will put forth the necessary effort to achieve and maintain a healthy smile. Below are simple steps that you can take to develop a good dental routine.
- Rinse your toothbrush well and store it in an upright position. Bacteria and food particles can linger in the bristles of a toothbrush. After each use, rinse your toothbrush off under fast, running water. Once it has been properly rinsed, store it in an upright position to allow it to air out quickly. This will help to ensure that you are putting a clean tool in your mouth each time you brush.
- Visit the dentist regularly. While flossing and brushing are essential to maintaining good oral health, a professional cleaning is also vital to your oral health. Your dentist provides a thorough and professional cleaning that removes hardened plaque that you have not removed at home. Regular visits also allow your dentist to spot any areas of concern early on before they become dire.
- Replace your toothbrush often. You receive a new toothbrush at each dental visit, not out of charity, but because your dentist understands how important it is to have a clean tool for cleaning your mouth. Even with rinsing properly, bacteria will build-up on your toothbrush over time. Your toothbrush, or toothbrush head, should be replaced every three to six months.
- Floss every day. This is the most neglected oral health care habit, yet it is the most important. Flossing is more important than brushing because floss is a tool that is able to do more than a toothbrush. Floss is specifically designed to clean the tight spaces between your teeth and at the gum line, removing bacteria-laden plaque and food particles that become trapped in these areas.
- Brush your teeth twice a day, or more. Brushing the teeth helps to brush away plaque and food particles that have been loosened by flossing. It also helps to loosen food particles that are stuck in the rough surfaces of the back teeth so that they do not cause cavities. Brush your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste to protect your teeth from cavities and decay. While it is essential that you brush your teeth in the morning and before bed, it is also recommended that you brush your teeth after each meal.
At South Texas Dental, want to make dental care available and affordable for everyone. We care about your oral health and encourage you to develop a good dental routine.
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