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While we’ve talked about ways that you can practice good oral health in a previous blog, having a healthy dental routine is incredibly important as well. It’s not as complicated as some may think, but establishing a solid and consistent dental routine is a great way to ensure that your teeth will be clean and healthy throughout the year. In this blog, we’ll look at a few simple and easy ways to practice good dental health. Let’s not waste any time and get right into it!
Keep a Toothbrush With You at Work
While some people think that practicing good dental hygiene is an involved practice, it’s more so about developing healthy habits and integrating them into your daily routine. The foundation of having healthy teeth is brushing often (but not too often), ideally after every meal. While for some this isn’t always an option, others are given a long enough break during the day to accommodate for this. After eating lunch, try to get in a brush if you can. Not only will it make your mouth feel fresh and clean (perfect for getting through the rest of the day), it will also ensure that your mouth is free of food residue and bacteria. By doing this regularly, you will notice that your mouth will feel cleaner and healthier overall. Your coworkers will thank you, too!
Additionally, as we’ve mentioned in a previous blog, investing in an electric toothbrush will ensure that you are not only brushing for the right amount of time, but that you’re also getting the appropriate level of cleanliness and protection from brushing. Electric toothbrushes are a great way to treat your mouth to a near-professional and consistent level of clean every single day, and both you and your dentist will notice a different after regular use.
Rinsing Gets What Brushing Doesn’t
Like we said earlier, more than anything, practicing good dental hygiene is simply about having healthy habits and making a routine of them. While brushing your teeth after each meal is a great start, there are additional practices that can when combined, contribute to having healthy teeth and gums. Antiseptic mouthwashes are a great way to supplement a good regular brushing schedule, as the rinses have an ability to reach areas of your mouth that may be more difficult to access via brushing. Many of these have a tendency to kill a wide variety of germs and bacteria on contact. Combined with proper brushing, using an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day for just 30 seconds can make all the difference, one that you will notice upon your next dental cleaning or checkup.
Floss and Be Well
When talking about healthy habits, flossing your teeth is one that many people have a difficult time incorporating into their daily routine. Some people find it too tedious, some find it painful, and others are just too lazy to stick to doing it regularly. Whatever the excuse may be, the most difficult part of flossing is getting into the habit. Flossing isn’t as difficult as it once was, and the marketplace features a wide variety of products that make it easier to incorporate flossing into your overall dental routine. Floss threaders and disposable single-use flossers make flossing far less frustrating and easier to do. Like rinsing, flossing is able to reach spots that brushing can’t, and unlike both of those, flossing effectively cleans the tiny crevices between your teeth and gums that harbor plaque and other sorts of buildup. While it may not be the easiest habit to develop, the sooner you start, the more you’ll benefit. Additionally, once you become accustomed to the feeling of a truly clean and healthy mouth, you’ll never want to go a day without flossing.
Have Sugar Free Gum On You
We get it – sometimes we aren’t always available to be responsible and drop whatever it is that we’re doing just to find a bathroom and brush our teeth. Whether if we’re in transit while traveling, stuck in traffic after eating something on the go, or too wrapped up at work to brush, sometimes life gets in the way of us being able to stick to every part of our daily routine. We understand completely, but this doesn’t mean that your teeth have to suffer! A great way to supplement your inability to brush on the go is by having access to sugar-free gum. A surprising amount of chewing gums available are sugar free, so many to the point that you may not even realize that your favorite flavor is completely free of sugar. Studies show that chewing sugar-free gum for 20 to 30 minutes following a meal can actually aid in the prevention of cavities. This is because chewing gum increases your overall production of saliva, which helps decrease bacteria production and cleanses your mouth of food debris. While brushing is ideal, if you find yourself in a situation where brushing isn’t an option, fear not, as chewing sugar-free gum will benefit you as well.
Those are just a few ways that you can develop a healthy dental routine. At Blue Sky Family Dentistry, we work hard to provide Austin with the absolute best in comprehensive family dentistry services. Whether you’re looking to schedule an appointment for your bi-yearly cleaning or are in need of more involved dental work, Blue Sky Family Dentistry is here to serve your entire family with fantastic dental services in the greater Austin area. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!