When it comes to managing your oral health, it’s time to reassess the basics.
The good news is, you’re probably doing some of these already, and they’re easy for you to work into your routine in just 1-2-3.
Read on to discover our team’s recommendations for achieving healthier teeth and gums, starting today.
If flossing hasn’t always been a part of your dental regime, it can feel like an unpleasant daily habit to start. Experiencing gum sensitivity (and even minor bleeding) when you start flossing regularly is common, however it will subside over time. Persevering has its payoffs, and flossing regularly removes bacteria or plaque from your teeth, greatly reducing your risk of cavities and gum disease.
If you’re not flossing regularly, we challenge you to start just once per day, 3 times per week, increasing regularity over time. Before you know it, you’ll be flossing twice per day, and you’ll be on your way to healthier teeth and gums.
Relearn How To Brush Your Teeth
As our lives get busier and busier, brushing our teeth is one of those things that most do without even thinking. Most of us are already planning the day or rushing to get the kids ready for school whilst we mindlessly scrub our teeth. But are you doing it correctly?
Next time you’re brushing your teeth, ask yourself these questions:
Am I brushing for long enough?
Those lovely teeth of yours require a thorough brushing, so be sure to make it last for at least 2 minutes.
Am I scrubbing too hard?
You may think that a vigorous brush removes more bacteria from your teeth, but this isn’t necessarily the case and in fact may be doing more harm than good. A gentle scrub is generally more effective for removing those nasties from your mouth without damaging your tooth enamel, so go easy.
Am I brushing correctly?
Be sure to brush your teeth in a circular motion (and not up-and-down), angling your toothbrush at roughly 45 degrees against your gums as you do so. Continue this circular motion several times before moving your focus to the chewing surface of the tooth. Repeat as you work the brush from tooth-to-tooth. Be sure to also brush the inside surfaces of your teeth, give your tongue a good scrub, and you’re all done.
Pro tip: Our team recommend the use of piksters and electric toothbrushes for that extra clean.
If you’re ever unsure if your brushing technique is correct, simply ask your dentist at your next visit. We’re always happy to help.
Book Regular Dentist Checkups
Yes, this may seem glaringly obvious, but truth be told, most of us are guilty of not booking dental checkups as regularly as we should. By visiting your dentist twice per year for an oral exam and professional clean, you’re in a far better place for spotting minor problems before they become much larger issues.
Often, simple changes in routine can make a huge difference, meaning you can avoid invasive (and potentially expensive) procedures down the track. When it comes to your oral health, always take the preventative approach, and you and your teeth will be much healthier and happier for it.