You may be brushing and flossing regularly, but are you taking care of your smile the right way? In this day and age, there are many options you have in taking care of your oral health.
However, not all patients are up to date on best oral health care practices. Some patients may not be using effective brushing technique, flossing improperly, and consuming foods and beverages that are seriously boosting their chances of tooth decay and gum disease.
Below Audubon Dental Center goes over a few ways that you can incorporate the best oral care practices into your daily routine. Your own practices are your first line of defense against oral health problems.
Make sure you’re brushing for 2-5 minutes each session. Taking the time to effectively brush all surfaces of your teeth and floss between them is essential in building the foundation for a healthy smile.
Brush with Proper Technique
Make sure that you’re brushing with light circular motions and use a soft-bristle toothbrush for maximum effect while keeping your teeth and gum structure intact.
Brush with the Right Timing
You should try to brush after every main meal, ideally. You also want to wait 20-40 minutes for your mouth to neutralize harmful sugars and acids that come from everyday foods and beverages. Try to limit snacking between brushing to ensure maximum oral health.
Bring a Travel Brush
Bring a toothbrush with you to work so you can brush after lunch and in between snacks. It’s a great way to keep your smile sparkling and your breath fresh — your coworkers will love you!
Invest in Your Oral Care Tools
Investing in an electronic brush is a good move because it’s the closest thing to getting a clinical-grade cleaning. Water picks are also great for keeping your mouth free of debris.
Visit Your Dentist
You’ll want to visit your dentist every 6 months for a check-up and cleaning. We’ll be able to see if you’re taking care of your smile and make any on-the-fly adjustments, making sure to address any issues before they become more serious, more costly problems.
If you’re ready to boost your oral health game, contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule your consultation.