A routine is a set plan that lays out a specific path to help you achieve your goals. Contrary to popular belief, a routine does not need to be complicated to be effective. In fact, the simpler a routine is, the easier it is to follow and continue. When people think of routines they often think of routines for losing weight, paying off debt, or making it through college on time. However, another area where a routine is important is the area of your oral health. Cavities, decay, gum disease, and tooth loss do not happen overnight; they are the result of not implementing a good dental routine.
Here are five simple steps for a good dental routine:
- Floss daily. If you are not flossing every day, your teeth are not nearly as clean as you think they are. Bacteria-laden plaque and food particles become trapped in the tight spaces between the teeth throughout each day. Dental floss is the only tool designed to clean these tight spaces. Toothbrush bristles are not designed for cleaning between the teeth, so if you are only brushing you are leaving a portion of your mouth incredibly dirty and vulnerable to rot and decay.
- Brush twice a day. Of course, brushing your teeth is definitely important! Brushing loosens and removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth and keeps the breath smelling fresh. It is also important to choose a tooth paste that contains fluoride to protect your teeth against cavities and decay.
- Rinse your toothbrush well after each use. Keeping your toothbrush clean is an important aspect of a good dental routine. In order to clean your teeth, you need a clean tool to use. As your toothbrush removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth, some plaque will become trapped in the bristles. Rinsing your toothbrush under fast, running water will help wash away plaque and bacteria.
- Replace your toothbrush often. Even with rinsing your toothbrush after use, bacteria will begin to harbor and multiply. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3-6 months so that you have a clean tool for cleaning your teeth. This is the exact reason you receive a new toothbrush at each dental visit.
- Visit the dentist regularly. Regular dental visits allow you to have your teeth professionally cleaned and examined on a regular basis. With regular attention, your dentist will be able to identify areas of concern early before they wreak havoc on your oral health.
At Rolling Hills Dentistry, we are here for all of your oral health care needs. We encourage you to develop and implement a good dental routine.
Posted on behalf of Rolling Hills Dentistry