The benefits of a healthy smile are plentiful (clean and bright teeth, healthy gums, fresh breath, etc). The healthier you keep your mouth, the better your overall health will be. The question is though, what are the best ways to achieve and maintain a healthier mouth?
Here are some of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums looking and feeling their best:
“Replace Your Toothbrush – Toothbrush bristles fray, flatten, and wear over time. To help keep your smile bright, replace your manual toothbrush every three or four months; for electric toothbrush heads, follow the manufacturer’s advice. Feeling sick? Avoid harboring germs by replacing your toothbrush at the beginning and end of your illness.
Take Care of your Tongue – Tackle bad breath every time you brush — take time to brush or scrape your tongue, too. Your tongue plays host to the bacteria that help cause bad breath, so giving it a scrub, or using a tongue scraper daily, can help reduce odor-causing compounds.
Floss First Then Brush – Flossing first makes brushing your teeth more effective by removing food that gets trapped between teeth. If handling floss flusters you, look for floss holders at the drugstore. When it’s time to brush, angle bristles 45-degree at the gum line, then brush gently, moving the brush back and forth. Then, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to help get rid of any leftover plaque.”
In addition to these tips it’s important to get your teeth regularly cleaned and inspected by your dentist. Contact your Aylmer Dentistry professional to schedule your next appointment!