Regular dental care doesn’t start and stop in the dentist’s chair. While regular checkups with your dentist are certainly a key part of your oral health, the absolute best way to keep your teeth and gums healthy year-round is to have a solid at-home routine.
Of course, brushing and flossing is a big part of keeping your mouth healthy outside of the dentist’s office—but there are plenty of other things that you might be missing. What are the best ways to keep your mouth healthy at home? Keep reading: we’ll show you how to maintain a solid at-home oral hygiene routine with these simple tips!
Up your water intake
Drinking water is one of the easiest ways to promote better tooth and gum health. Water flushes away harmful bacteria and food particles that contribute to tooth decay, tooth loss, and gum disease. Fluoride-enhanced water will also help build enamel strength, increasing the protective barrier around your teeth.
Drinking water is essential for those who suffer from dry mouth or those who are routine snorers—low saliva production creates the perfect environment for mouth sores, tooth decay, gum disease, and bacterial buildup.
Change your brushing technique
Even something as simple as using the right brushing technique can greatly impact at-home oral hygiene. Take a moment and think about how you brush: are you moving side to side in big, sweeping motions? How long are you brushing for? Are you rinsing your mouth after you brush? Here’s the dentist-recommended way to brush your teeth:
- Hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle
- Brush in small, slow circles
- Cover the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of your teeth while brushing
- Don’t rinse your mouth immediately afterwards
- Spend two minutes brushing, twice a day
Clean your toothbrush
Let’s be honest: we don’t often think about cleaning our toothbrushes. Most people tend to put their toothbrushes away as soon as they are done, without giving it a second thought. But without proper care, your toothbrush could become a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and yeast, creating more problems in your mouth than you realize. After brushing, make sure to rinse your toothbrush out with clean water. Never keep it covered: store the bristles in the open air to allow for effective and thorough drying.
Switch out your toothbrush
Along with cleaning your toothbrush, you should also be changing it out regularly. The best practice is to get a new toothbrush every two to three months (or sooner, if the bristles start to fray). You should also change your toothbrush if you get sick to ensure that harmful bacteria are not reintroduced through your mouth.
A good mouthwash can work wonders. Mouthwashes are great for getting into those crevices that might be difficult to reach otherwise, ensuring that all food particles are removed, and harmful bacteria are neutralized. You can even get mouthwash to address specific oral health concerns. Choose a mouthwash with fluoride to help strengthen your enamel or remineralizing mouthwash to help create a protective barrier against plaque, bacteria, and tooth decay.
Taking good care of your oral hygiene at home is easier than you think! For more tips and tricks, reach out to Blue Island Smiles—we’re always happy to help our patients keep their mouths, teeth, and gums as healthy as possible, both in and out of the office.
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