We’ve all heard that if we want healthy teeth, we should brush twice daily, floss once a day, and schedule regular dental cleaning appointments twice a year. But, if you want to level up your oral health game, there are simple things you can include in your routine.
Replace Your Toothbrush
One of the simplest ways you can improve your dental health and hygiene is to replace your toothbrush on a regular basis. Not only will brushing cause your toothbrush bristles to fray and reduce its cleaning ability, but the bacteria we brush off our teeth can stay on the bristles! Properly store your toothbrush (keeping it upright and letting it dry out between uses) so that it won’t get smelly and nasty too fast, but it’s still important to replace your toothbrush at least every 3-4 months.
Use A Tongue-Scraper
Brushing your teeth twice daily is a no-brainer, but don’t forget your tongue! The same bacteria and gunk that flourishes on teeth can hide on your tongue too. Using a tongue scraper (or just running your toothbrush over your tongue) will leave your mouth feeling fresh – say goodbye to bad breath!
Don’t Brush Too Hard
Sometimes you might feel like you need to really work at brushing your teeth, to get absolutely all of the food particles and plaque out. However, when you brush too hard, you risk scraping away at the tooth enamel, which is your teeth’s first line of defense against decay. Brush gently or use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging your teeth. And, consider using an electric toothbrush, which will prevent you from applying too much pressure. Talk to Dr. Rebol or Dr. Allen about their recommendations!
Use a Mouth Rinse
There are many mouth washes to choose from and they all have good points… Whether it is fighting cavities, fresh breath, or gum problems there is a mouth rinse that can help. Rinses alone aren’t enough but they are often a healthy thing to add to your brushing and flossing routine. Talk to us about which one might be right for you!
Choose Foods that are Teeth-Friendly
Many foods are bad for your teeth. Sugar and carbs feed the harmful bacteria living in your mouth and acidic drinks erode tooth enamel. Avoiding some of these foods will help, but there are also plenty of foods you can eat that are actually good for your teeth. Adding more cheese, yogurt, leafy greens, apples, carrots, celery, and almonds to your diet will make your teeth happy, whether by scrubbing them as you eat, fighting bad bacteria, treating gum disease, neutralizing your mouth’s pH, or remineralizing your enamel.
How Are Your Teeth Doing?
Schedule an appointment with Rebol Family Dentistry and let’s talk about how to improve your overall oral health!