Your overall dental hygiene routine impacts the health of your teeth, gums, and mouth. The quality of your oral care routine can also have an impact on your overall health. We all know the basic recommendations of good oral hygiene – brush twice per day, floss at least once, go see the dentist twice per year, and eat a balanced diet. Each of these elements contribute to your overall oral health. If you are looking to improve your overall dental hygiene routine, there are some changes you can make to maximize the effectiveness of your oral care habits.
Be sure to get a new toothbrush regularly
If you brush twice a day with a soft-bristle toothbrush, you are doing pretty good. Brushing regularly is a cornerstone part of good oral hygiene. Did you know that your toothbrush can hang on to some of the harmful bacteria that comes out of your mouth? Even if you clean your toothbrush thoroughly after every session, it will eventually accumulate bacteria. Switch your toothbrush out at least once a quarter to ensure that you are not brushing with a dirty tool. Another good rule is to throw your toothbrush out and replace it after getting sick.
Add an extra step to your gum-care process
Flossing and brushing can do a lot for the health of your gums. Even with regular brushing and flossing, some people still have trouble with developing gum disease. You can add an extra step to your gum-care process if you are prone to gum disease. The easiest way to do this is to use a mouth wash that is designed to help with gum health. Rinsing with mouthwash is a quick step that can make a big difference in the health of your gums.
Schedule your next routine cleaning before leaving the dentist
It is easy to let your routine dental appointment slip your mind if it is six months away. Are you going to remember to call in a couple of months to schedule that next appointment? You may not feel like you can plan an appointment six months in advance, but you risk forgetting altogether if you put off making that appointment. Your best chance of actually getting to your next routine dental appointment is to schedule it during your other appointment. Put it on your calendar and schedule a reminder for a week or two before the appointment so you can make the necessary arrangements.
These simple changes can make a big difference in your overall oral health. Each of the tips outlined above can be easily integrated into what you already do for your oral care. A little extra effort now can help you avoid serious dental problems in the future.