5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Dental Hygiene Routine
Even if you already brush twice daily and floss once a day as well, here are five ways that you can make your oral hygiene routine even stronger.
Clean your tongue.
So you’ve got your teeth and gums covered, but what about your tongue? Cleaning the tongue is a step that many people leave out, but giving your tongue even just a quick scrub can help clear harmful bacteria out of those ridges and grooves. A toothbrush is somewhat effective here, but a tongue cleaner is even better.
Get the inner surfaces of your teeth.
This is another area in the mouth that even those who brush regularly will overlook, and therefore it’s quite common to develop cavities on these surfaces. Don’t forget to get those inner surfaces of your teeth in addition to the top and outer surfaces of your teeth.
Brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily are crucially important for strong dental hygiene, and just about every dentist will tell you that there truly is no substitution for these two things. Even so, mouthwash can be an excellent addition to any dental hygiene routine. It can help remove debris before or after brushing, help reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth, and even help prevent certain oral diseases with the help of added ingredients. When choosing mouthwashes, it’s best to stay away from mouthwashes containing alcohol, as alcohol dries out the mouth and reduces the ability of saliva to naturally contribute to stronger oral health.
Replace your toothbrush every three months.
Many try to save money on dental hygiene by stretching out the lifespans of their toothbrushes, but the truth is that toothbrushes begin to lose their effectiveness after about three months of use, which only compromises your dental health.
Carry a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with you on the go.
Many people end up skipping tooth brushing every so often and therefore compromising their dental health because of extenuating circumstances, such as being out with friends late after dinner, falling asleep early, being out running errands, etc. But if you carry a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with you (it’s a good idea to arm yourself with these things for your kids as well), you’re much less likely to skip out on brushing your teeth. As with just about any good habit, consistency is key to getting any benefit out of it.