For both functional and beauty purposes, you want your teeth to be clean and well taken care of. Good teeth will save you from painful dental appointments and self-conscious habits! However, brushing a couple times a day won’t be enough to keep your teeth as clean and healthy as you want and need them to be. Here are a few steps that you may be missing from your dental care routine.
While it shouldn’t be a substitute for good brushing, mouthwash is an extra precautionary measure to kill bacteria in your mouth—a place bacteria loves to hang out—as well as cleaning out the plaque leftover from brushing. You don’t need too much to make it effective, just a few teaspoons after each brushing. Swish it around, and spit it out! Don’t swallow mouthwash. According to Laguna Treatment Hospital, it contains high amounts of fluoride and ethanol (alcohol) and other chemicals that can be toxic to your health. If some goes down your throat once, don’t panic; just don’t make drinking your mouthwash a habit! Keep it a safe part of your teeth-cleaning regimen.
This is a habit that many cast aside as unimportant or too time consuming to incorporate into a busy morning routine. However, according to Stellar Family Orthodontics, only flossing can remove bacteria from between your teeth. These are tight spaces that the smallest particles of food will hang out in for days on end if not taken care of with some floss! As food you eat sits between your teeth for long periods of time, it begins to eat your teeth! Rotting food attaches to those miniscule cracks, creating those cavities that will ruin your day at your next dentist appointment. You don’t have to floss more than once a day if it is a frustrating thing to remember, but make sure you do it at least once!
Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. No one wants to have, or be around, bad breath! As bacteria builds up on and in between the tiny taste buds on your tongue, the mixture of bacteria and saliva break down and release unpleasant smelling odors. According to Delta Dental Insurance, there is an easy fix: use a tongue scraper! As part of your dental routine, spend just a few seconds scraping off the layer of bacteria on your tongue. This will improve your breath immensely and can help get rid of plaque residue that harms your teeth as well!
Taking care of your teeth doesn’t have to require a lot of time or energy! Simply add these quick and easy steps to your routine and enjoy the confidence you have in your smile, and your dental health.
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