Dental health is not as simple as many people make it out to be.  Like any part of your overall health – diet, exercise, etc. – dental health takes patience, perseverance, and continuous care.  Here are some good things to remember when leaving your dentist’s office, on the way to your dentist’s office, and generally all year round.

Great Smile Takes Consistent Dental Health Practices

A beautiful smile does not just happen overnight.  It is up to you to introduce little changes to your daily routine that will contribute to your overall progress.  Plaque, the rough film of bacteria every commercial for toothpaste and brushes tells us about, is constantly forming at your gum line and the surfaces of your teeth.  It takes time to remove and to remove completely, so be sure to brush your teeth two to three minutes at a time and at least twice daily.

In terms of flossing, you can develop your own techniques – as long as you can become more efficient. To save time, you can use dental irrigators or water flossers. These tools rely on water pressure to remove plaque buildup from your teeth. Just keep in mind that water flossers are more expensive than common dental strings.

You can even use a timer to help make sure you are spending enough time brushing, or even play a song that is roughly 2-3 minutes and measure by that.  Tools like floss should be used once a day before bed, and to cap it all off, you can finish your routine by rinsing with mouthwash to keep your gums healthy and pink.

It’s also important to change your dental tools (i.e. toothbrush) every 3 months or so. Wear and tear can greatly reduce the effectiveness of any dental tool, and this can affect your oral health.

Dental Health & Your Dentist

Don’t skimp on time with your dentist.  Your dentist and your dental hygienist have the expertise and experience to help you get the best, most glowing smile you can.  Visit your dentist twice a year for professional cleaning and an oral health checkup.  Visiting your dentist regularly can also do wonders for finding hidden problems you might not be able to see, and to give you tips on keeping your family’s dental hygiene up to snuff.

Don’t be afraid of a little extra love and care when it comes to your teeth.  Visit Sherwood Dental to book your next dental health checkup.