If you want to lose weight, you develop a plan to exercise more and eat a healthy diet. If you want to get out of debt, you develop a budget to limit your spending and help you save money. Well, chances are you want to have a healthy smile – but what are you intentionally doing to make it happen? Developing a good dental routine is essential for those who care about their teeth and want to ensure that their teeth last for a lifetime.
Below are the vital elements of a good dental routine:
- Floss daily. If you groaned reading those two words, chances are you are not flossing daily. And if you are not flossing daily, your teeth are not as clean as you think they are. Dental floss is the only tool designed to reach and clean the tight spaces between your teeth. Food particles and bacteria-laden plaque become trapped between the teeth every day, and without flossing these materials will decay and damage the teeth.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing your teeth not only keeps your breath smelling fresh, a benefit in both personal and professional settings, but it also removes plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. Plaque buildup occurs each day after eating and drinking. If you have ever run your tongue over your teeth and felt a “fuzzy” coating, then you know what plaque feels like.
- Rinse your toothbrush well after each use. As your toothbrush works to remove plaque from the surface of the teeth, some plaque will inevitably become trapped in the bristles. It is important to rinse your toothbrush under fast, running water to help rinse bacteria away. It is also important to store your toothbrush in an upright position so that it air-dries quickly and eliminates an ideal atmosphere for bacteria to thrive.
- Replace your toothbrush often. Even with a good rinsing, your toothbrush will begin to harbor bacterial development over time. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3-6 months so that you are using a clean tool to clean your teeth.
- Visit the dentist regularly. Even with a proper at-home dental routine consistently put into practice, it is vital that you visit the dentist for a professional cleaning and exam on a regular basis. These visits help keep your teeth free of all plaque, and they also allow your dentist to identify any concerns early before they damage your smile.
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