You know that oral health is important, but do you know what you need to keep your teeth clean and healthy? Here are 5 things your bathroom needs to ensure you’re taking care of your smile.
One of the most important dental tools in your bathroom, your toothbrush is your battle sword against bacteria and plaque. But what kind of toothbrush should you be using?
Most dentists agree that a soft-bristled brush is best for removing debris and plaque from your teeth and along your gum line. The shape and grip of the toothbrush is less important. Just pick whatever helps you brush most thoroughly! Speaking of thorough, many find electric toothbrushes are able to remove more plaque from your mouth than your average toothbrush. As long as you’re dedicated to a comprehensive brush every time, though, a regular toothbrush should work just fine. Be sure to replace your toothbrush as soon as you notice wear, or about every three months, whichever comes first.
At one time, you’ve probably stood in the drugstore looking at all of the toothpaste choices wondering which to buy. As a rule of thumb, look for a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which works to strengthen the outer enamel of your teeth. If you want to whiten your teeth, there are some important ingredients to look for. Ingredients like magnesium carbonate, hydrated aluminum oxides, and calcium carbonate, hydrogen peroxide, or carbamide peroxide all have whitening capabilities.
Floss is another must-have for good oral hygiene. You should be flossing every day, twice a day. Standard floss is a slightly better choice because it can curve to get between teeth at the gumline. Floss picks are also effective, though. Just make sure to thoroughly clean between teeth and gums.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), mouthwash has a number of benefits to help keep your mouth clean. It can reduce gingivitis, prevent tooth decay, slow down the formation of tartar on teeth, and, of course, freshen breath. Mouthwash shouldn’t be used in place of brushing or flossing, but it’s a great source of additional protection for teeth.
Where and how you store these vital tools is as important as how well and often you use them. It should seem fairly obvious, but make sure you are storing your toothbrush away from the toilet. You don’t want to risk anything unsavory comingling with the toothbrush that goes in your mouth! It’s also important to note that you should store your toothbrush somewhere dry. Keeping your toothbrush somewhere that is vulnerable to moisture can lead to a moldy brush.
At High Point Family Dentistry, we want to help you practice good oral hygiene. While your at-home care is vital to your dental health, it’s important that you don’t miss your regular cleanings.
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