In between you regular visits for preventative care and cleanings, there are several things you should be doing at home to maintain a brighter smile. Most of us develop our dental habits at an early age and it can sometimes be difficult to learning new ones, as well as adjusting our current habits when they need improving. Sometimes it is these little adjustments and changes that can really make a huge difference for healthier teeth and gums and a brighter smile!
Replace your toothbrush regularly.
If you notice the bristles are looking faded, bent, or out of shape, replace your toothbrush. Ideally, you should replace it every three or four months. At the very minimum, you should be replacing your toothbrush every six months. In fact, this is why so many dentists and dental hygienists tend to give out free toothbrushes during cleanings.
Use the right type of bristles.
Your dentist and hygienist will provide recommendations on the right bristle strength to use for your brushing habits. For instance, if they recommend a toothbrush with soft bristles, never use one with medium or hard. If you brush your teeth too hard, a battery operated toothbrush with the proper bristle strength can help overcome this habit.
Brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes.
The plaque – the sticky stuff that causes cavities – that sticks to the teeth is not going to be fully removed if you pass the brush over the teeth quickly. You need to brush the teeth slowly, making sure to get every spot you can each with the brush, including the front and back of teeth. For the back set of molars, try to get behind them, too.
Floss your teeth at least once each day.
Flossing is one of those dental habits everyone hates doing. Even still, it helps remove plaque from in between the teeth where we cannot get with our toothbrushes. There are few ways to develop better flossing habits. One is to use pre-flossed “dental flossers” or a dental floss holder tool.
With these items, it is much easier to floss because you are not touching the actual floss. Another tip to developing better flossing habits is to make a commitment to stick with flossing for a three-week period. It takes about 21-days to develop new habits and make them part of our daily routines.
Eat an apple with the skin on for an afternoon snack.
Apples are one of the few sweet fruits that are actually good for the teeth. Apples contain water and pulp, which help rinse away some of the plaque stuck on the teeth until you are able to brush and floss.
For more tips on keeping your teeth healthy and maintaining a brighter smile, please feel free to contact Arborg Family Dental at (204) 376-2624 to schedule a consultation appointment today!