Keeping your teeth clean is not a huge task
Budget time and do these steps
Before you know it, your oral health will be superb
It’s almost a New Year and you have a list of resolutions. The one that should be at the top is making sure you have a good oral hygiene regimen. Neglected teeth and gums can be a gateway to many illnesses and conditions like diabetes and cancer. So make it a priority.
What Are You Brushing With?
The first thing you want to do to ensure that you kick off your oral hygiene resolution correctly is to examine your toothbrush. Is it a manual or an electric one? If it’s manual, make sure that the brushes are soft, not hard. Hard bristles can irritate your gums and damage the enamel of your teeth. If you have an electric one, watch the spin rate of the brushes – if it’s slowing down even a bit, that means the battery is going and needs to be replaced.
How Long Are You Spending?
Next, whether you use manual or electric, consider how much time you’re spending each time you’re brushing. Are you being diligent and spending at least 30 seconds in each quadrant of your mouth – for a total of two minutes? Or are you just dabbing the brush in the water, taking a few half-hearted swipes on the upper and lower parts? The two minutes is vital. Don’t brush too hard if you’re using a manual, but be thorough. Let the electric toothbrush glide along your teeth – it does all the work for you.
Do The Real Flossing
After you’ve finished brushing, flossing is next. Too many people think that brushing is enough and tend to eschew flossing. No. Even the best electric toothbrushes can miss pieces of food that are between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Make sure you do it thoroughly with an even motion. If it’s your first time flossing in a while your gums may bleed some. After this has become a daily habit, that bleeding will get more scant each time and eventually stop.
There’s another important thing – using ADA-approved mouthwash. This can kill off any remaining bacteria and also give your breath a refreshing smell. Stick to the well-known brands that have been proven to work for a long time. This is not one to get a lesser brand just to save money.
Lastly – you need to see your dentist or dental hygienist twice a year. With those regular visits, they should be able to notice any changes and be able to correct them fairly easily. Otherwise you risk having to have much more extensive work… and that can become considerably more time-consuming and expensive. Just stick to the every-six-month plan and you should be in very good shape.
VIP Dental Center is not just for care from specialists – there are general dentists who practice here. They will be more than glad to help you stick to your New Year’s Resolution. May 2019 be a happy one for you and your mouth!