Caring for your smile means caring for your health and wellbeing. Here is how you can maintain a good dental hygiene regime without breaking the bank.
We are not all blessed with the additional cash to spend at the dentists. Whether we can afford it or not, though, there are some toothaches that force you through those doors and into that chair. If you want to avoid the dentist for longer, you can do it using a good dental health routine. Get into the habit of performing dental hygiene in the morning, afternoon, and evening, and you could soon find that you retain your winning smile for longer.
The Simple Dental Hygiene Routine that Will Save You from Tooth Decay
Follow these simple steps to keep your whites pearly and your gums healthy.
1 – Dental Hygiene Supplies
What do you really need for a good dental hygiene routine? Do you need a fancy electric toothbrush? Do you need regenerative toothpaste? Do you need high end whitening systems that work while you sleep? No. None of that.
The simplest way to get the supplies you really need for a healthy mouth is to take out an oral care subscription with a dental health company. These are subscriptions which include things like toothpaste, brushes, floss, and more. Using this service, you never forget when it is time to replace your brush.
If you don’t want to splurge on a subscription, here are the back to basics supplies you will need:
- A toothbrush hard enough to stimulate your gums, harder if you are a smoker
- A tube of toothpaste, the more teeth and gum protection it has, the better
- Floss, interdental brushes, or floss tape
- Mouthwash or zero sugar gum for lunchtime
If you can use each of these items every day, you are on to a great start.
2 – Brush Regularly
The foundation of any good dental hygiene regime is that you brush regularly, every day. Two times is the amount dentists suggest, once in the morning and once in the evening. You can brush more than this and should if you have a high sugar diet. You should not use mouthwash after you brush since it will wash away the goodness your toothpaste is doing. Instead, use it at strategic times throughout the day to freshen your mouth. Lunchtime or dinnertime are good examples. If you don’t have mouthwash, gum produces more saliva, the mouth’s natural defense against plaque.
3 – Brushing Times
If you have an electric toothbrush, you can spend less time brushing than someone who does not have one. A manual brush requires a solid five minutes of brushing your teeth. Make sure you floss each time. Failing to floss widens the gaps between your teeth, which adds to the appearance of old age. Brushing your teeth each day can even help you live longer by protecting your overall health.
If you have an electric toothbrush, you can use it for two minutes instead of five. Studies by the American Dental Association suggest that increasing teeth brushing times from 45 seconds to 2 minutes helps you remove as much as 26% more plaque.
Maintain your Routine
After you have these basics, it is a simple matter of maintaining your routine to keep your dentist happy.