May 27, 2021
Dental care is all about the basics at home. You may think you’re doing all you can to care for your oral health, however there are a few steps that most forget to work into their daily routine. That’s why your dentist has compiled a list of the top 4 habits that often go overlooked when it comes to at home dental hygiene. Keep reading to find out how to better care for your teeth!
#1. Using the Right Toothpaste
Sure, you’ve been brushing your teeth for your whole life, but are you using the right toothpaste? Nowadays, there are many different products that help with various issues. If you struggle with gum disease, you can choose toothpaste focused on periodontal health. To keep your teeth protected, your dentist recommends that adults use fluoridated toothpaste. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that fights cavities and strengthens teeth.
#2. Replacing Your Toothbrush Regularly
Your toothbrush is one of the most important dental tools to have in your arsenal, however an old brush can hurt your smile more than help it. When bristles become frayed and worn down, they can scrape the enamel and damage your teeth. Plus, old brushes are full of germs and bacteria that can cause infection and sickness. Always change your toothbrush after you’ve had a cold or been sick. In general, you should replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months, or sooner if you start to notice your bristles fraying. To make things easier, buy multiple brushes (or brush heads for electric toothbrushes) at a time so you’re always ready.
#3. Cleaning Your Tongue
When brushing, you clean your teeth and gums, but you’re probably forgetting an important part of your mouth. The tongue can collect bacteria, which can cause bad breath and poor taste. That’s why you should brush your tongue in addition to the other areas of your mouth. Many brushes have a tongue scraper on the back of the head to make this easy!
#4. Gently Floss
Flossing once a day is an integral part of your routine because it removes plaque and food debris from between teeth and the gumline. However, most people force floss through their teeth, which can damage the gums, but it also doesn’t clean effectively. Instead, create a “C” shape to hug the tooth’s curves and slowly move the floss up and down around each tooth. This is the best way to floss and keep your smile clean.
Ready to upgrade your dental hygiene routine? Remember these easy yet helpful tips to keep your smile healthy and happy.
About the Practice
At Day Hill Dental, we have a team of 6 dentists who combine their extensive experience and training to offer a variety of dental services for patients of all ages. They’re always ready to help with any recommendations for better oral healthcare. For any questions, they can be reached through their website or by phone at (860) 688-5595.
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