If you have a goal that you want to achieve, it is necessary to put a plan into action to help you achieve it. While many people forget that optimal oral health is a lofty goal, they often leave their oral health to chance. However, developing a good dental routine is essential because healthy smiles do not just happen. Good choices, over time, promote a healthy smile that will last for years to come.
A good dental routine is not difficult to develop or implement. In fact, as with most routines, simple is best. Below are the essential elements of a good dental routine:
- Floss daily. Dental floss is the most under-utilized element of oral health care, yet it is the most important element. Dental floss is the only tool designed to reach and clean the tight spaces between the teeth. Toothbrush bristles cannot reach these areas; therefore, if you are only brushing, then you are leaving areas of your teeth covered in bacteria-laden plaque and grime every day. Gross!
- Brush at least twice a day. Brushing is important. Brushing the teeth helps to loosen and remove plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. Using a fluoride tooth paste helps protect the teeth against cavities and decay. Brushing also keeps the breath fresh, a benefit in social and professional settings.
- Rinse your toothbrush well. After each use, bacteria from the mouth becomes trapped in the bristles of your toothbrush. Rinsing your toothbrush under fast, running water helps rinse away bacteria so that you do not re-introduce it into your mouth the next time you brush your teeth. It is also important to store your toothbrush in an upright position for it to air-dry quickly.
- Replace your toothbrush often. Even with regular rinsing, bacteria will begin to harbor and multiply on your toothbrush. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three to six months. If you ever wondered why your dentist gives you a new toothbrush at each visit it is because s/he knows that you need a clean tool to clean your teeth.
- Visit your dentist regularly. Maintaining a good dental routine at home is vital, but visiting your dentist twice a year is also essential. Professional dental cleanings done bi-annually help keep your teeth clean throughout the six months between visits. These regular visits also allow your dentist to thoroughly examine your teeth to identify any concerns early before they damage your teeth.
Contact Peninsula Dentistry today to schedule your next appointment.