How to Upgrade Your Oral Hygiene

Dr. Ash Sagar

Having a bright, full smile isn’t the only reason to take care of your oral health. In fact, did you know that keeping your teeth clean and gums healthy is crucial for overall health?

While visiting us for regular appointments and brushing and flossing each day is an important part of your dental routine, there are other steps you can take to elevate your smile.

1. When you brush your teeth, what part of the mouth do you begin with? Try to make it a habit to begin your brushing routine with the back of your mouth. This is where a lot of debris is often left behind, so it’s important to give this part of your mouth the attention it needs.

2. Use a soft bristled tooth brush. While a medium or hard bristled toothbrush may seem like it cleans better, it can actually do more damage than good. Often, these types of brush heads are too abrasive long-term for your mouth.

3. Add more teeth-friendly foods to your diet. Foods that are raw and coarse are often the best—think celery, pears, carrots or apples. They can help to scrub the surface of your teeth, removing plaque buildup.

4. Most of us know the importance of replacing our toothbrush every three to four months. But when is the last time you’ve cleaned your toothbrush holder? A study by the National Sanitation Foundation determined toothbrush holders to be the third most germy item in the average household. Consider giving this a scrub every time you swap out your toothbrush.

If we haven’t seen you in a while, contact us today to book a visit. We’ll gladly welcome you back into our care!

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