If you are the typical dental patient, you probably have a regular cleaning twice a year, every six months. Going to the dentist is a little bit like New Year’s. After you leave, you come up with several resolutions to keep up until your next visit in six months. You will remember to brush, not just every morning and night, but after every meal. You will floss daily, if not twice daily. You will use mouthwash regularly. But these habits are hard to create, especially if you haven’t been very strict about your dental hygiene your whole life. It seems as though these habits will stick around for a week or two after your appointment, but just like your New Year’s resolutions, they quickly become forgotten. Here are some ways that you can keep the plaque off until your next visit to your dentist in Austin, TX.
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Sometimes the reason that we dread enforcing our habits is because they don’t seem very effective in the first place. If you are having trouble doing a thorough job brushing, you may benefit from buying an electric toothbrush. These toothbrushes are gentler on the gums and work in the right motions to get all the bacteria out of the crevices between your teeth. It also makes a difference to buy the quality floss rather than the store brand. You may think that there isn’t a noticeable difference in string, but some floss can be too thick or fibrous and break between your teeth leaving fibers in the crevice. You’ll also be more willing to use a good tasting mouthwash.
It is always better to brush your teeth immediately after consuming food and drinks, especially if they are sticky or sugary. It isn’t enough to just brush twice a day, but after each meal or snack. Bacteria multiply very quickly in your mouth and by the time you can brush your teeth, plaque has probably already started forming in your mouth. Keep a travel-size toothbrush and paste in your purse or work locker so that you can always have fresh breath and be plaque free. Your fresh breath probably won’t hurt when trying to get a promotion either.
What you eat and how often seriously affects the health of your teeth. You should try to stay away from snacking during the day, unless it is dental healthy snacks. Sugary snacks produce more food for bacteria to feed on and eating them frequently can create a lot of decay in your mouth. Eating healthy snacks like celery and other vegetables and fruits will actually clean your teeth and remove plaque. Make sure you follow these tips to keep your dental resolutions so that your dentist in Austin, TX, will be proud of your smile.