The Top Tips for Great Dental Hygiene in 2015
As 2014 comes to and end and you start to think of New Year’s resolutions for 2015, why not make 2015 the year that you develop great dental hygiene?
Check out our top tips for great dental hygiene in 2015!
Skip the Sugar
Maintaining a healthy diet is the first step to keeping your teeth strong. Try to eat foods low in sugar and avoid foods and candies that stick to your teeth. Choose drinks such as water, milk, and unsweetened tea instead of soft drinks and fruit juices, which can leave sugar behind and lead to tooth decay.
Establish Strong Brushing Habits
To prevent tooth decay and keep your gums healthy, brush for at least two minutes twice a day. As you brush, make sure you focus on the hard-to-reach spots and on using the right pressure. Brushing too hard or brushing too many times a day can cause damage to the tooth enamel. For this reason, we recommend that you use a soft bristled brush. Finally, don’t forget to brush the tongue, where odor-causing bacteria can build up.
Don’t Forget To Floss!
Flossing is an essential step to developing great dental hygiene. Floss once a day to help remove plaque and food particles from between teeth.
If you find traditional floss uncomfortable to use, try alternate methods like dental floss picks, pre-threaded flossers, or water picks. Water picks are a great way to keep plaque and tarter from building up between teeth, but if you are able to use regular floss you should always go that route first.
Add Mouthwash To Your Daily Routine
Adding a mouthwash to your daily routine can do wonders for your overall dental health. We recommend a mouthwash that is alcohol-free to prevent your mouth drying out. If you struggle with cavities, try a mouthwash that contains fluoride. Rinse with mouthwash as the final thing you do before going to bed for maximum impact.
Which Toothbrush Is Right For You?
Many toothbrush options are based on personal preference. The key is to make sure that you brush thoroughly with whatever toothbrush you choose.
No matter which option you choose, replace your toothbrush or toothbrush head every 2-3 months. Store your toothbrush upright in a clean, dry area to keep bacteria from growing on the brush.
Pick An Effective Toothpaste
Choosing the right toothpaste plays a crucial role in keeping your teeth healthy and white. Use toothpastes that contain fluoride to strengthen the enamel. Although whitening toothpastes can sometimes cause sensitivity, many people find success in using them as a daily whitening tool.
Schedule Regular Dental Appointments
For healthy teeth and gums, visit your dentist at least once every six months. These appointments are very important and should not be postponed if possible. At these visits we will monitor for tooth decay, gum disease, and oral cancer.
Follow these tips to ensure that your teeth stay strong, white, and healthy in 2015. Speak to your dentist to create and implement a personalized dental care plan, or feel free to comment below with any questions you may have about your current oral health routine.