Importance of a Good Dental Routine
Having a routine set in place is a great way to help you achieve your goals. Expecting goals just to happen because you make them, however, is not a great method. For instance, if you want to lose weight you must stick to a healthy diet and follow an exercise routine – you cannot just say you want to lose weight. The same is true for having a beautiful smile to last you for a lifetime. The importance of having a dental plan in place and implementing it should not be overlooked. A good dental routine, like any good routine, is simple to follow.
Below are the five key elements of a good dental routine:
- Floss every day. The majority of Americans do not floss simply because they just do not like doing it. However, what these anti-flossers fail to understand is that flossing is the most important part of your at-home dental routine. Floss is the only tool designed to clean the tight spaces between the teeth. If you are not flossing on a daily basis, these spaces are full of plaque and food particles that become trapped between the teeth every time you eat and drink.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Of course, brushing is important. Brushing your teeth helps to loosen and remove plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. Using a toothpaste containing fluoride is important in order to prevent cavities and decay, and brushing your teeth also promotes fresh breath.
- Rinse your toothbrush after each use. Because the toothbrush is designed to remove plaque from the tooth surfaces, plaque will inevitably become trapped in the bristles of your toothbrush. Rinsing it off well under fast, running water is important to help rinse away excess plaque that lingers. It is also helpful to store your toothbrush in an upright position so that it dries quickly.
- Replace your toothbrush often. With repeated use, your toothbrush will become dirty no matter how well you rinse it. Bacteria are notorious for multiplying quickly and in large numbers. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3-6 months so that you have a clean tool for cleaning your mouth.
- Visit the dentist on a regular basis. Professional dental cleanings and exams are vital parts of a good dental routine. Your dentist will thoroughly clean your teeth and examine your mouth, looking for early signs of concern before they begin destroying your smile.
At Springhurst Hills Dentistry, we care about your smile and encourage you to implement a good dental routine starting today.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Lan Tran, Springhurst Hills Dentistry
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