4 Easy Ways to Improve Your Oral Hygiene
Everyone knows that dental health should be a priority, but all too often, life gets in the way, and proper oral hygiene is neglected. But dental care doesn’t have to be overwhelming or scary.
Once you establish good oral hygiene habits, you will feel strange if you go a day without practicing them. The tricky part is getting started.
In this post, we will share four easy ways to improve your oral hygiene, starting today!
Visit the dentist twice per year
In the past, scheduling dentist appointments was rather inconvenient. You needed to make sure to call the office during business hours, wait in a queue to speak to a receptionist and write down your appointment in a calendar.
These days, it’s much easier to get in touch with your dentist. Dental Avenue Parramatta has an online contact form, where you can submit your information and our staff will get in touch – rather than waiting around on the phone.
Sometimes, the biggest obstacle to visiting the dentist is the hassle of booking an appointment. When these scheduling obstacles are removed, it becomes much simpler to drop in for your check-ups.
Don’t skip the before-bed brush
After a long day at work, it’s easier to get into bed than go brush your teeth for two minutes. However, it’s incredibly important to brush before you go to bed.
Here’s why: Think about everything you’ve consumed throughout the day. Brushing at night helps eliminate the tiny particles and debris from all of the food you’ve eaten during the day. Plus, if you’ve had any coffee, soft drinks or wine, brushing will clean your teeth and keep them whiter.
Replace your toothbrush
No matter if you use a manual or electric toothbrush, it’s essential to replace it from time to time. As dental professionals, we recommend that you purchase a new toothbrush every three months. Over time, bacteria in your bathroom can collect on your toothbrush, and the bristles become less effective as you use them over a period of several months.
If you’ve been sick or you’ve been travelling with your toothbrush loose in your bag, you should replace it sooner rather than later.
While many people enjoy the bad breath-eliminating benefits of mouthwash, it also has additional advantages for your dental health. Mouthwash (or even plain water) can help break up plaque and other particles in your mouth, so it can be beneficial to rinse after eating.
Try to avoid alcohol containing mouthwashes as they can dry out your mouth.
The important thing to remember is that mouthwash is not a substitute for semi-annual dental visits, brushing or flossing. As long as you recognise that mouthwash should be a supplement to these things (rather than a replacement), then you can safely incorporate it into your dental care regimen.
Here at Dental Avenue Parramatta, we believe that prevention is better than cure. To find out how we can help you tackle current and prevent future dental issues, call us on 800 400 55 and our friendly team will be more than happy to help!