We all develop bad habits from time to time—it’s normal! This is even true when it comes cleaning your smile every day. Over time we let things slip, and suddenly your teeth don’t feel as clean, and your breath is not as fresh.
Our Troy dentists are here to help you get more out of the daily oral hygiene routine you already have. Keep reading to get some quick tips.
- Assess your dental tools
One of the fastest and easiest changes you can make to your routine is to use a fresh and clean toothbrush. You should be replacing your toothbrush every three to four months—try keeping track of this timeline on a calendar so that you don’t forget!
- Set a timer
How long would you estimate you spend cleaning your smile? Would you be surprised to learn that the general recommendation from the ADA is to brush for two minutes? Start keeping track of the time you spend brushing by setting a timer or listening to a song while you clean your teeth.
- Perfect your technique
When you brush, you want to gently buff plaque from your dental enamel. The best way to do this is to move your brush in small circular motions while applying very little pressure. Aggressive scrubbing may actually damage your dental enamel and your gums.
- Add a rinse
When you brush and floss, you are dislodging dental debris and plaque. By thoroughly rinsing your smile—with either water or a specially formulated rinse—at the end of brushing, you ensure that all that gunk actually makes it out of your mouth.
So, there you have it—a few simple changes that you can make to your oral health routine starting today. Our Troy dentists are here if you have any additional questions or concerns—give us a call to get started!