Every year people make New Year’s resolution on 1st January. Some people decide to eat healthier or go to gym daily or cut down on smoking or alcohol, but hardly a few manage to keep it up all through the year.
In 2018, why not make a resolution to develop an improved and new oral health routine? Moving to a new routine will be difficult but following this new routine will have a huge impact on your oral health.
We have prepared a guide on how to develop a great oral health routine, to keep your teeth and gums perfectly clean.
Use The Right Toothbrush
If you know that electric toothbrushes do a better job of cleaning your teeth as compared to toothbrushes, then you need to know that it is a myth. In reality, both do a great job at cleaning as long as you choose a right toothbrush.
The brush should have soft bristles and should fit in your mouth comfortably. You should change your tooth brush every 3-4 months or when you start noticing that the bristles have become too worn or soft. Your Sarnia dentist will guide you on how to use your toothbrush correctly to remove plaque.
Don’t Brush Rigorously or Frequently
Some people believe that brushing too frequently is good for your teeth but this is not true. You should brush your teeth twice daily- no more, no less. The recommended times are in the morning and in the evening, make sure you brush after at least one hour of eating or drinking to protect the enamel.
Brushing too hard can begin to damage the surface of the teeth, making them sensitive and increasing risk of decay. Clearwater Family Dental recommends gentle brushing for two minutes- two times, every day.
Brushing alone is not enough to keep teeth healthy and bright. Flossing at least once daily is recommended to remove food particles stuck between teeth. Leaving plaque on and around the teeth can cause gum disease and tooth decay- which none of us want.
If you are unsure of the right flossing method or need proper guidance, consult your family dental Sarnia.
Cut down on Sugary Items
The modern diet is rich in sugar level which increases the risk of tooth decay; however, it is completely preventable. The bacteria in the mouth consume sugar and release acids that attack the teeth. Over time, these attacks cause tooth decay.
So, cut down on your sugar intake for better dental health.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drinking plenty of water is very important for your overall health, including dental health. Dryness in the mouth can increase plaque production as well risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Keeping yourself hydrated, keeps the tissues in your mouth moist and encourages saliva production which neutralizes acids, helps in digestions, helps the mouth in fighting germs and protects the tooth from decay.
Try including some, if not all of these tips in your new year’s resolution for better oral health. If you have not visited a Sarnia Dentist in a while, feel free to contact us and schedule an appointment.