We’ve all heard the common path to good oral hygiene: brush and floss your teeth, visit the dentist and eat a healthy diet. There are some uncommon tips you might never have heard of before that will take your smile to the next level. Check these out!
Opt for a Kid’s Toothbrush
Do you have small teeth or a small mouth? You might want to consider swapping out your toothbrush for a kid’s sized mouth instead. Using a toothbrush that is too large for your mouth means the opportunity to miss teeth. It’s also easy to wear out the enamel with a brush that is too big.
If you are unsure, ask your hygienist at the next visit and see if they recommend a smaller brush. If you want to be adventurous, get one of those toothbrushes with a two-minute timer just for fun!
Start with No Toothpaste
That’s right; I said to brush without toothpaste, but only for a short time. In fact, studies have proven that if you brush for a short period without toothpaste, you can reduce plaque build-up by up to 63-percent! Give a quick brushing without toothpaste, then add that ADA-approved paste on for the final brushing.
Bring Your Straw
Want whiter teeth? Carry a straw with you to drink your coffee, wine, teas and soda. Even though you don’t want to overdo any of these liquids, using a straw helps transfer the liquid right past the surface of your teeth to avoid staining. If using a straw would be too ridiculous for you, at least rinse your mouth well with water after drinking.
Don’t Brush Right Away
Many people think that running to brush their teeth after a meal is the best option, but that is false. Those acids on your teeth are waiting for you to rub them in further. The best plan is to wait for 30 to 60 minutes before brushing. During that time, be sure to drink plenty of water which will help wash those acids away instead.
These four simple tips will help you take your oral hygiene routine to the next level. Of course, they are not a replacement for your typical care plan but are perfect to add on. Make sure you talk to your 11706 dentist or hygienist about any questions you have about your current oral hygiene plan.
Bay Dental Health can be reached at (631) 665-8484, we look forward to your call!