People develop routines for all sorts of reasons. Some people create an exercise routine to help them lose weight or to build muscle for a competition. Others create a routine to help them save money and get out of debt. Another helpful area where a good routine is important is with your oral health. Cavities, decay, and gum disease do not occur within a single day – they are the result of continual neglect. Having a good dental routine in place can help protect your teeth and ensure that your smile stays healthy for a lifetime.
Routines do not need to be complicated or hard to follow. In fact, the simpler a routine is, the more likely you are to implement it and follow through with it for the long-term. Developing a good dental routine simply takes commitment and approximately seven minutes of your time each day. Seven minutes is a very short amount of time when put into perspective of protecting your teeth for life!
The first element of a good dental routine is flossing. Do not whine about this, just do it! Flossing is the most important thing that you can do for your teeth at home. Dental floss is the only tool designed to clean the tight spaces between your teeth and at the gum line. Toothbrush bristles cannot reach into the spaces to remove plaque; therefore, if you are not flossing, plaque is building up and damaging your teeth on a daily basis.
Brushing is important. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day should be another priority. Brushing helps loosen and remove plaque from the surfaces of the teeth. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste helps to prevent cavities and decay from forming on the teeth, and brushing also helps keep your breath smelling fresh.
Taking care of your toothbrush needs to be a part of your routine also. Rinse your toothbrush under fast, running water after every use to rinse away bacteria that has become trapped in the bristles of your toothbrush. Even with regular rinsing, bacteria will begin to grow and multiply, so it is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3-6 months.
Lastly, visit the dentist on a regular basis. Professional cleanings and exams are imperative aspects of a good dental routine to keep your mouth healthy. With regular visits, your dentist can identify areas of concern early, before they wreak havoc.
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Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental