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Change Your Toothbrush Regularly
A toothbrush is the most important tool in your oral health arsenal, yet many people don’t replace theirs often enough. You should have a new toothbrush every three to four months - sooner if the bristles become frayed. A worn out toothbrush is less effective at cleaning teeth and the rough bristles may even cause damage to your gums or teeth. If you’re wondering how to tell when it’s time to replace your toothbrush, look for changes in the way your teeth and gums feel. Or changes in the way your toothbrush feels when you use it. If it feels less effective, or if you have any noticeable changes to your teeth or gums, it’s time for a new toothbrush.
Many people hate flossing, but it’s an essential part of any good oral health routine. If you don’t floss, you’re missing out on a crucial opportunity to clean your teeth and gums and to reduce your risk of decay and gum disease. Regularly flossing your teeth will help keep plaque and bacteria from building up, which can cause problems down the road. When you floss, it's important to use the correct technique. To get the best results, place the floss between your teeth at a 45° angle and gently move it up and down against your teeth, moving the floss up and down the over the full length of your mouth.
Brush With Fluoride
Brushing your teeth is an essential part of good oral hygiene, but you can make it even more effective by adding fluoride toothpaste to the mix. Fluoride helps to strengthen your teeth and prevent cavities, making it a great addition to your oral health routine. When it comes time to brush, you’ll want to brush for two full minutes. This may seem like a long time, but it’s necessary in order to effectively remove the plaque and bacteria that can build up on your teeth. You can even try using a timer or setting a reminder on your phone to make sure that you're brushing long enough.
See Your Dentist Regularly
Your dental appointments are more than just a chance to get your teeth cleaned. You can use them to get advice and tips on how to improve your oral health. Most dentists will be happy to go over your daily oral hygiene routine and give you some helpful tips. They can also monitor your oral health to make sure that you’re not developing any problems which may require you getting dental crowns, braces or other treatments to help you improve your oral health. If you notice any changes in your teeth or gums, or develop any new concerns, be sure to discuss them with your dentist during your next visit.
When it comes to your oral health, there’s no such thing as overkill. If you’re already brushing and flossing regularly, it’s a great idea to find ways to improve your oral hygiene even more. An extra 10 minutes a day spent caring for your teeth and gums will go a long way toward improving your oral health, as well as your overall wellness.
This is a contributed post.