When you visit the dentist, they check your teeth and make sure your oral health is good. If you want to get the most out of your oral health, do these four things your dentist wishes you were doing already.
Floss before you brush, not after
You don't mop your floors before you sweep them, right? Flossing after brushing is much the same concept. If you floss your teeth after you brush them, then any debris and bacteria you flush out into your mouth following flossing just gets dispersed back into your mouth. If you floss before you brush your teeth, then anything you flush out in the process will be brushed away when you brush your teeth after.
Rinse your mouth often with water
If you can't get to a toothbrush after eating, then consider rinsing your mouth out more often. You can do a water rinse in your mouth several times a day to help flush out the sugars and food debris that add to oral health concerns. Your dentist wants you to rinse your mouth out following every meal and often during the day. And if you chew gum, make sure it's sugar-free for the best results.
Use the right toothbrush
You don't want a toothbrush that is so hard it scratches your tooth enamel. This means hard- and medium-bristled toothbrushes are not a good idea. Your dentist wants you to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Don't forget that brushing up and down or in a circle is far more effective than brushing in a side-to-side motion. Don't neglect the back of your teeth. Also, as soon as the bristles in your toothbrush start to splay out or lose shape, toss your toothbrush for a new one.
Visit them regularly
Finally, your dentist wants you to visit them on a regular basis. Your dentist hopes you make regular dental appointments and if you cannot visit them a few times a year, at least see them once. Don't wait until you have oral health issues to check in at the dentist, because just like your vehicle needs to be maintained before you run into expensive and extensive issues, your dental health is not going to improve on its own once there is a problem.
Oral health care starts at home. The better care you take of your teeth, the better your oral health will be for years to come. Your dentist wants you to have a healthy smile, so follow their advice.
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