Developing A Good Dental Routine

Northampton Dental blog, general dentistry

To achieve anything good in life, you need a plan set in place to push you toward your goal. If you want to lose weight, you need a healthy diet and an exercise plan. If you want to get out of debt, you need a budget and self-control. Those who want to maintain a healthy smile also need a plan set in place. Developing a good dental routine is important because healthy teeth do not “just happen.” A healthy smile is something that you must work for. Thankfully, implementing a good dental routine is relatively simple, and with consistency it can benefit you for life.

Even on the most taxing day, a good dental routine does not require much time or effort. There are 1,440 minutes in every day, and if you just spend six minutes of your day committed to your oral health you are helping to ensure that your teeth stay healthy.

Let’s start with flossing. Dental flossing is the most neglected oral health care habit in the world. Even though it only takes approximately one minute to perform, most people do not do it. However, you need to understand that flossing is the most important aspect of your at-home dental routine. Dental floss is the only tool designed to clean the tight spaces between the teeth. If you are not flossing, these areas remain dirty, coated in bacteria-laden plaque that will eat away at your tooth enamel.

Brushing is also important. While it is advised that you brush after every meal, brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes at a time is essential. Brushing helps remove plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. Brushing also keeps the breath clean and fresh avoiding awkward social and professional situations. Remember to choose a tooth paste that contains fluoride to protect your teeth against cavities and decay.

Taking care of your toothbrush is also an important part of your dental routine. As you brush your teeth, plaque will inevitably become trapped in the bristles of your toothbrush. Rinsing your toothbrush under fast, running water will help rinse away bacteria. Of course, over time bacteria will harbor and multiply. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every three to six months so that you have a clean tool to clean your mouth with.

The last element of a good dental routine is regular dental visits. Your dentist not only provides professional and thorough cleanings, but s/he also examines your teeth for any signs of concern. Caught early, damage can be reversed.

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