Are you feeling motivated to improve your smile? There are a number of things that you can do right away to start getting back on track. Try following these five steps to give a boost to your oral health today!
Step 1: Swap out your toothbrush.
Do you know the last time you changed out your toothbrush? If it has been longer than 3-4 months, then it is time for a change! Otherwise, your toothbrush bristles may be worn down to the point of not being as effective anymore. Also, if you’ve been sick lately, you might want to consider replacing your toothbrush a bit earlier than scheduled. This way, you can ensure that there are no lingering germs that could continue to make you sick.
Step 2: Check in on your brushing technique.
Over time, we can get a bit careless about our brushing technique, so it is always good to check in to ensure we’re cleaning our teeth as effectively as possible. Here’s how you should be brushing: hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and move it back and forth in small, tooth-wide strokes, focusing on each individual tooth and its surrounding gums in turn. Don’t forget to target each side of each tooth—including the chewing surfaces and the sides that are a bit more difficult to reach! Finally, be sure to brush your tongue, as it can harbor bacteria from your food. This will allow you to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, as well as tooth decay and other oral health issues.
Step 3: Make flossing a habit—really!
Flossing is an important part of your oral healthcare routine—it can help you prevent tooth decay, gingivitis, and more! However, it also seems to be the first element to go by the wayside. Try putting a reminder in your phone so that you’ll remember to floss at least once per night. You can also store your floss right next to your toothbrush so you never forget.
Step 4: Reconsider your toothpaste.
Does your toothpaste have the ADA Seal of Acceptance? If you’re not certain, go take a quick look at your tube of toothpaste. The American Dental Association ensures that products used to clean your mouth are safe and effective. While you’re at it, you may want to consider whether or not you’re getting the most out of your toothpaste. Make sure that yours contains fluoride, as this is important for combatting germs that lead to dental decay.
Step 5: Schedule your next dentist appointment.
Visiting the dentist regularly is an important element of maintaining your oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that you visit the dentist every six months in order to prevent issues from arising, including tooth decay, gum disease, and tartar buildup. During these appointments, you will receive preventative care—such as x-rays, an examination, and professional cleaning—as well as any restorative procedures that are needed to bring your teeth back to good condition.
Get started on improving your oral health today! Call Carillon Family Dental to schedule your regular six-month appointment at our convenient Romeoville location.