Whether you’re a daily flosser or you have gums that bleed just at the thought of flossing, there’s always something more we can do to care for our teeth and improve our dental health. Here are four things you start doing today to strengthen your daily dental habits.
1. Get a toothbrush to keep at the office
A good starting point in improving your dental care is getting a toothbrush to keep at work, or have one with you during the day, so you can brush after lunch.
Brushing is recommended for two minutes, two times per day, but adding an extra brushing session during the day isn’t a bad idea! Perhaps the onions from the salad have made you conscious of your breath, or you notice the fuzziness (which is plaque) along your gum line. Having a brush handy midday can be a welcome pick-me-up when it comes to keeping your teeth feeling clean!
2. Have floss readily available
So maybe you’ve been well-intentioned to start flossing daily, but floss never makes it on your Target list. The first step in daily flossing is making sure floss is available. The same day you buy it the floss, keep it out next to your sink so you remember to use it.
If it’s been a while since you last flossed, expect your gums to bleed a little. This is your mouth’s way of telling you the gums aren’t healthy. However, don’t let the bleeding deter you from flossing the next day! Continuing to floss will help the gums to become healthier, leading to no more bleeding.
3. Brush Just a Little Longer
On Day One of your oral care overhaul, spend a little, yet noticeable, longer time brushing. Really focus on making sure you brush in small circles close to gum line. Pay special attention to lingual surface of the teeth — that which is facing the tongue — as it’s typically the most overlooked surface and gets the most amount of buildup.
Spending more time brushing and getting into areas not always reached will help you to notice how well-cleaned teeth are supposed to feel. This will encourage the habit to become engrained in your routine.
4. Check Your Calendar to Make Sure Your Dental Appointment is Scheduled!
Since check-ups are usually scheduled at six month intervals, it’s easy to lose track of time and forget about the appointment. So today, while it’s fresh in your mind, call the dental office to see when you’re due for a cleaning and exam.
The best way to prevent costly and possibly painful dental issues is to keep with regular visits to the dental office. The dental hygienist will remove any stains and tartar that are unable to be removed at home, polish the teeth, take x-rays, and answer any questions. The dentist will perform an exam and diagnose any possible treatment.
There you have it: four things you can do today to get yourself into a good habit of maintaining your dental care. Have any tips of your own on how you care for your teeth? Feel free to share in comments!