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How to Improve Your Oral Hygiene


It’s often the question that we ask ourselves whenever we have a cavity or gum disease or any other problem. How do we improve our dental hygiene? Sure we know the basics, brush your teeth twice a day, floss, and avoid sugar, but there is more to it than that as well. If you want to learn how to make your oral hygiene even better, then keep on reading this article!


Make Sure To Complete The Basics 

Of course, it is worth mentioning that you can’t improve your oral hygiene without having very good oral hygiene in the first place. So ensuring that you are brushing your teeth twice a day for the full recommended two minutes, flossing every single day and making sure to hit every single tooth, and eating healthily to limit the exposure of your teeth to sugar, is something you need to be doing and doing consistently. It can be hard to get into the habits if you haven’t been doing them, or have been brushing for 30 seconds and then calling it good enough. However, as you keep completing these basic tasks, you will find that your oral hygiene will improve, and then you can look into some of the more advanced steps.



Replace Your Toothbrush 

Alright, you might brush every single day, twice a day, for two minutes each time. However, if you use the wrong toothbrush- especially one that is dirty, old, and has lost most of its strength, you won’t be getting the same effects as if you were using a new toothbrush. Most people don’t replace their toothbrushes as often as they should, or they wait for their trip to the dentist to tell them to replace their toothbrushes. However, you should be replacing your toothbrush every couple of months, especially if you notice the bristles starting to come out. It might cost you some extra money, but it will keep your teeth even cleaner in the long run. Additionally, replacing a hard bristled brush with one that has softer bristles will be better for your teeth and less abrasive over time. 


Use Mouthwash 

If you brush and floss your teeth, you might think that you are doing more than enough to keep your mouth free from bacteria. However, finishing off your routine with a simple antimicrobial mouthwash can help to kill more oral bacteria than brushing and flossing alone. Find a good mouthwash you like and use it for 30 seconds after you brush.



Eat Teeth Whitening Foods and Limit Caffeine and Sugary Drinks

Limiting caffeine and sugary drinks can help you prevent plaque and gum problems, especially if you drink your chosen beverage all at once instead of sipping on it throughout the day. Limiting sugar can also help stop cavities from forming as well, but why limit your diet to aid your mouth health whenever you can instead add to it? Certain foods such as celery, apples, pears, carrots, and cucumbers are very raw and fibrous. They almost act like natural toothbrushes where they scrub the surface of your teeth when eaten and can remove plaque. They aren’t a substitute for brushing and flossing your teeth, but they can help to keep your pearly whites white and can also improve the rest of your health too. 


Focus On Your Tongue 

Brushing your tongue might feel uncomfortable and can even make you gag if your gag reflex is too tight, but your tongue can also be a hotbed of bacteria that often goes unchecked whenever you clean your mouth. So consider either buying a tongue scraper or a toothbrush that comes with a tongue scraper as part of your oral hygiene supplies, and really focus on cleaning the bacteria off of your tongue. The mouthwash will also help with this as well, and eventually every single part of your mouth will be clean!



Take The Next Steps To Improve Your Oral Hygiene 

If you want to impress your dentist, keep your mouth in tip top shape, and ensure that cavities can’t come to you, then taking these additional steps alongside brushing and flossing regularly will ensure that you are able to keep your mouth clean. Plus, many of these extra habits can also ensure that the rest of your body is healthy as well because our mouth health can affect a lot of other parts of our body. Don’t be afraid to incorporate these habits one at a time into your dental routine, and then you will be good to go!


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