Good dental hygiene is the foundation of your oral health. But can you go beyond brushing and flossing for an even healthier smile? The answer is yes! These five dental hygiene tips are a great way to help you boost your oral health in 2024 and beyond.
Say No to Sugary Drinks
Lattes, teas, and other beverages can contain high amounts of sugar, even if they seem like a healthy option. When it comes to cavity prevention, sugar is the number-one factor you want to consider. Make sure to always check the sugar content of something before you consume it; whenever possible, opt for an alternative sweetener like monk fruit or stevia.
Limit sugary drink consumption as much as you can, especially if you have a tendency to consume a lot of juice, soda, or energy drinks.
Use Mouthwash Daily
Many people dislike the flavor of mouthwash, but there are alcohol-free alternatives that can thoroughly clean your mouth without the unpleasant burning sensation. Just be sure to look for a product that has the ADA Seal of Acceptance, which means it is approved by the American Dental Association.
Use a Tongue Scraper
The tongue can harbor a lot of bacteria, and it may be a contributing factor in tooth decay for patients who regularly brush and floss. To boost your mouth’s protection against harmful microbes, start cleaning your tongue. You can even find toothbrushes with built-in tongue scrapers for added convenience.
Carry a Travel-Size Toothbrush
If you brush twice a day, you may add an additional cleaning after lunch or snacks. Travel-size toothbrushes are usually foldable and come with pocket-size cases, making them easy to take anywhere.
Always Clean Your Toothbrush
You should clean your toothbrush every time you brush by rinsing it in warm water and allowing it to air dry. Avoid placing it in a case or covering it with a cap unless it is completely dry, as this can cause bacteria to grow.
Don’t Rinse After Brushing
This may seem strange, but it has a reason! Spitting out toothpaste should be your final step whenever you brush. Following up with a thorough rinse can remove the fluoride from the paste that strengthens your teeth. You could try a fluoride mouthwash if you still want to remove residual paste after cleaning.
Schedule a Visit With Us
For personalized dental care, you can always turn to The Dentists of Omaha. Our dedicated team loves helping patients make healthier choices. Whenever you have questions, please contact one of our offices in Hillsborough (402-445-4647), Village Pointe (402-505-7474), Ralston Square (402-733-4441), or Dundee (402-502-5593). You can also request an appointment on our contact page.