Well, I had to cancel my 6-month cleaning at my dentist the other day. Those of you who have ever had morning sickness know why, HA! The experience could turn out very unpleasantly for myself AND the hygienist, so I figured I’d spare both of us until my gag reflex isn’t so sensitive. Isn’t that nice of me?
However, I don’t have the strongest teeth in the world. I never have. I had PERFECT teeth until I hit 18 years old, and then it all went downhill from there! My husband (who has fantastic teeth and horrible eyes) and I joke and say we hope the kids get his teeth and my eyes (which are fabulous) because if they get his eyes and my teeth, they’ll be in trouble!
So, until I’m able to make a cleaning appointment happen, I figured I’d check over my oral hygiene routine and make sure I’m doing what needs to be done. How about you?
In order to maintain good oral hygiene and keep your teeth and gums perfectly healthy, you need to follow a strict daily routine that includes brushing and flossing. Take a few minutes to read through the tips below to either establish a dental hygiene routine or enhance your existing one. Then make sure that you see a dentist regularly, in addition to your home care, in order to have your teeth cleaned professionally and examined for any problems.
Make Sure You Use the Right Brushing Motion
Rather than moving your toothbrush back and forth in a straight line along your teeth, try to move it in a more circular motion so that you really access every part of each tooth, as well as the gum line. Maintaining healthy gums is a key component to maintaining your oral health, so you definitely want to pay attention to them without irritating them.
Brush for Two Minutes
To make sure you are cleaning your mouth completely every time you brush, you need to spend enough time getting rid of the debris throughout your mouth. This means that you should be brushing for at least two minutes each time. Brush in the morning and before bed, as well as after meals if your dentist has recommended that you do so. And don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove bacteria and bad breath.
Don’t Use Too Much Pressure
You may think that, in order to really get your teeth and gums clean, you need to be abrasive with your toothbrush, but the truth is that being gentler is actually better for the health of your mouth. Using a toothbrush that has bristles that are too stiff, and using too much force while you brush, could lead to irritation, particularly along your delicate gums. So try to find the happy medium by purchasing toothbrushes with bristles that aren’t too hard or too soft, and using a gentle brushing motion that provides a minimal amount of pressure.
Use an Electric Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes make it easy to brush your entire mouth more easily. You don’t need to worry about what motion you’re using because the brush will move on its own and will work on removing tough stains and debris with just the right amount of pressure. Plus, some of these toothbrushes will even time out your session so you don’t have to keep track of the time yourself.
Use a Water Flosser
To enhance your flossing routine, you can purchase a water flosser that will use a high-powered stream of water to naturally and thoroughly clean between your teeth, just as you would with traditional flossing products. So if you hate flossing, this could be a better and easier way to go about it.
Again, in addition to a strict and effective oral hygiene routine that you can practice every day at home, you should also make it a point to see your dentist twice a year. Have your dentist thoroughly examine your mouth and give your teeth a deep, professional clean to prevent cavities and gum disease.
Something else we do at our house is change out our toothbrushes (and our sanitizing toothbrush covers) once a month. That’s probably a bit more than the recommended amount, but we have seen our sickness level drop since we started doing that. Perhaps it’s mind over matter! But I’m gonna keep doing it!
What does YOUR oral hygiene routine look like?
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