Here are some helpful at-home dental hygiene tips to follow for a healthier smile.
Preventive dental measures are designed to protect your smile from the development of cavities, gum disease, and other problems. While visiting our Laramie, WY, dentist, Dr. Bruce Adams, for routine cleanings is important for your oral health, it’s often your everyday habits that make the biggest impact on your smile.
Brush Your Entire Mouth
It isn’t just your teeth that need to be cleaned; you should also brush the tongue, cheeks, and roof of your mouth if you want to get rid of bacteria. Not only will this give you a deeper at-home clean, but it will also battle that case of bad breath you’ve been dealing with. Make sure that you are brushing your teeth twice a day, and always use fluoridated toothpaste, which can keep tooth enamel healthy and strong.
Don’t Think about Skipping Out on Flossing
Just because you are brushing twice a day doesn’t mean that you can let your flossing habits fall by the wayside. When was the last time you flossed? If you aren’t flossing at least once a day, we hate to inform you, but you aren’t getting all areas of your teeth clean. In fact, you are missing two surfaces of your teeth.
Flossing is a crucial part of your oral routine, so make sure you’re doing this every day.
Switch Out Your Toothbrush
Toothbrushes aren’t meant to last forever, no matter if you have a simple manual brush or a top-of-the-line electric toothbrush. Either the toothbrush head or the entire toothbrush will need to be replaced. How do you know when it’s time to ditch YOUR toothbrush? You will see that the bristles look worn and frayed. A good rule of thumb is to ditch the toothbrush head every 3-4 months, or as soon as the bristles start to splay out.
Say No to Soda
This is a challenging one for many people, but our Laramie, WY, dentist will tell you that sugar is a contributing factor to cavities. If you are someone who drinks a lot of sodas, sports drinks, or fruit juices, then you may find yourself dealing with cavities in the not-so-distant future. That’s why it’s best to limit your consumption of these sugary drinks and switch to water. Your tap water also likely contains fluoride, which can help to strengthen tooth enamel and may even prevent cavities from forming.
While our office is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus, our Laramie, WY, dentist and his staff want you to have all the tips and advice you need to keep your smiles healthy at home. Of course, if you have questions or are experiencing a dental emergency, please call Comprehensive and Aesthetic Dentistry at (307) 721-2900.