You know you should do it, but do you actually floss as often as you should? Flossing daily is just as important as brushing your teeth. Truth is, 40% of plaque is removed by flossing. Practice flossing daily and make sure to floss in between each tooth with a clean section of floss.
Clean Your Toothbrush
Do you recall the last time you replaced your toothbrush? If you can't, then it's probably been too long! The ideal time frame is to replace your toothbrush every 3 months. Although if you have recently been sick, it's a smart move to go straight to a new toothbrush as the bristles can hold on to germs.
Also, do not share your toothbrush with friends or family. If you do, you are swapping more than just saliva. You could be sharing bacteria that may lead to tooth decay or other harmful problems.
Store Your Toothbrush Properly
It is best to keep your toothbrush in a holder/cup on your counter. Do not hide it in a drawer or medicine cabinet as this can keep the toothbrush from drying properly between uses. If the toothbrush stays damp, then you are giving it an optimal space for bacteria to grow.
Make Sure To Clean Your Tongue
Just like your teeth and gums, your tongue can also harbor plaque. Not to mention that your tongue is the leading cause of bad breath. Make sure to use your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to properly cleanse the tongue. Mouthwash alone may not get into all the nooks and crannies that are on your tongue. Cleaning your tongue helps reduce bad breath, buildup, bacteria, helps prevent cavities and more.
Get Regular Cleanings
Home cleaning is extremely important but it will not be enough without regular dental visits. Dental offices have the tools and expertise that home cleaning just can't keep up with. Cleanings can remove excess plaque and allow us to catch any problems before they turn into major dental issues.
Not every dental visit has to be a drag. If you're in the Howard Beach area, come visit Howard Beach Dental for a full cleaning and check up. CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT or call us at 718-323-5132