The most important rule when it comes to good dental health is to make sure that you regularly use common dental hygiene practices. It’s easy to forget to brush your teeth every now and again, and it’s easy to forgo flossing because you’re too busy.
However, it’s also too easy to become too lax in your dental care routine, and for most people, it becomes a slippery slope: once you start to forego a part of your dental care, the more and more you leave it out until you don’t do it altogether.
Here are some things to keep in mind to be able to keep good dental care habits:
- Don’t just go for any dental care items you see. Look for items that have the seal of approval from your local dental health association. It means that these items have been tested in terms of how well they will be able to clean your teeth.
- Your daily dental care routine should contain the Holy Trinity: Brush, floss, mouthwash. Brushing helps get rid of the bigger food particles on your tongue and teeth. Flossing gets rid of the particles stuck in between your teeth, as well as your gums. Swishing mouthwash around your mouth kills any lingering bacteria.
- Most people actually rush through their dental care routine. In general, you should brush your teeth for around two minutes, floss between each tooth, and swish your mouthwash around your mouth for at least 45 seconds. If you’re unsure of the time, you can keep a timer in your bathroom so that you can time yourself.
- Visit a dentist regularly, and if you’re feeling pain in your mouth, visit a dentist immediately!
By keeping an eye on your dental care habits, you can actually prevent most common dental problems such as gingivitis and cavities. As long as you are diligent and consistent, you can keep up good dental hygiene with very little effort.