Wondering how you can take active steps to improve your oral health? With these six easy steps, you can make small changes to your routine that will make a big impact on your overall well-being!
Step 1: Get rid of that old toothbrush.
Can’t remember the last time you swapped out your toothbrush? Then you’re likely due for a new one, as you should be buying a new toothbrush every 3-4 months. The easiest way to know if you need to make the change is by checking your bristles. If the bristles on your current toothbrush are worn or frayed, they’re likely not cleaning your teeth as well as they could be anymore. Also, if you’ve been sick, it’s best to swap out your toothbrush — otherwise you’re keeping those germs around even longer.
Step 2: Check the label on your toothpaste.
You may be surprised to know that not all toothpastes are created equal. In fact, it’s possible you might not be getting the needed health benefits from your toothpaste. We recommend checking the label of your toothpaste next time you’re in the store. Look past the whitening power and flavors and double-check to see that your toothpaste contains fluoride. Fluoride toothpaste will help you kill bacteria that leads to tooth decay!
Step 3: Reassess your brushing technique.
After brushing your teeth for so many years, it’s easy to get complacent about your brushing technique. However, you might not be preventing plaque and tartar buildup as effectively as you could be. Here’s a quick refresher on proper brushing techniques: Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Focus on each tooth (and their surrounding gums) individually with small tooth-wide strokes. Don’t forget to get the back of the tooth as well as those hard to reach places. Finally, be certain to scrub your tongue as well — a lot of harmful bacteria are likely living there!
Step 4: Start flossing regularly — really!
We get it: flossing is time-consuming. Sometimes it may be tempting to skip this step altogether, but we promise you it is worth the time. Flossing is critical for preventing tooth decay and gingivitis (which could eventually lead to gum disease). Also, it removes the food particles and bacteria that break down your dental enamel. We recommend setting your floss right next to your toothbrush so you remember to floss at least once per night. Maybe even set a reminder alert in your cellphone. Your teeth and gums will be much healthier as a result!
Step 5: Drink water.
Getting your recommended daily amount of water (about 2 liters/8 cups per day) can have so many positive effects on your overall health, which is why it is no surprise that it can also benefit your oral health, too! By boosting saliva production, water helps you to wash away bacteria and food debris that can lead to tooth decay.
Step 6: Schedule your biannual check-up.
Visiting your dentist at least twice a year, as strongly recommended, can prevent oral health issues such as gum disease and tooth decay. At Fairview Dental Group, we’ll do a routine exam, perform a professional cleaning, and determine if any of your teeth are in need of restoration (such as fillings). By doing so, you can be certain that your mouth is in good health.
To schedule your biannual dentist appointment, call Fairview Dental Group in Westmont today!