How to Keep Your Mouth Clean: What Dentists Want You to Know

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Woman getting her teeth cleaned at the dentist (Source: Shutterstock)

Everyone wants sparkling clean teeth and fresh breath, and nobody wants an emergency appointment at the dentist. But don’t delay. Even if your teeth feel fine, something bad could be happening. Dental plaque is constantly building up, and half of people will have periodontal disease by turning 30.

Your dentist is on your side and has some good news for you. It’s easier than ever to practice good oral care, and it can even save you money. Keep reading to discover how to keep your mouth clean with simple and easy tips.

Save Money with Proper Oral Hygiene

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Taking care of your teeth is important, and it’s much cheaper and easier than many think. It’s easy to get complacent when nothing seems wrong, and many people accidentally slip into bad dental habits. Most problems in your mouth start without any pain or other symptoms. By the time you feel something, permanent damage may have already occurred.

Every day new products help you take better care of your teeth. There are so many now that it’s no wonder some people feel overwhelmed. A return to the basics can be a big help.

If time and hassle are your biggest problems, you can outsource the planning and decision-making. An oral care subscription provides high-quality products, planning, and advice, freeing your schedule and mind to focus on other things.

If money is your biggest concern, it’s important to know that high-quality toothbrushes, toothpaste, and dental floss are available in every supermarket and drug store. You don’t have to spend much money because top-notch care is available for just pennies a day. There are also low-cost or free dental clinics in most areas.

Dental emergencies can be expensive, so it pays to be proactive to keep your mouth clean. Daily brushing, flossing, and rinsing are cheap and easy. If you care for your teeth, they will take care of you.

Tips to Keep Your Mouth Clean

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You can make your visits to the dentist easier and shorter when you practice good oral hygiene and keep your teeth sparkling clean. The internet is full of old and new advice on good dental hygiene. Not all of it is helpful. Some of what you read online may even be harmful, so check with your dentist before making big changes.

One example comes from the new popularity of activated charcoal toothpaste. Hundreds of videos promote this or that new toothpaste, many of which use methods that haven’t been tested or debunked. The American Dental Association looked into charcoal toothpastes in 2017 and discovered they don’t perform as advertised. They even discovered that some charcoal toothpastes are dangerous. In general, fluoride toothpaste with the ADA Seal of Acceptance is more than enough to care for your needs.

Some of the best advice for keeping a clean mouth has been around for a long time. Drinking more water instead of sugary drinks and alcohol is good for your teeth. The less sugar you consume in all forms, the easier to keep your teeth clean. This will help you avoid cavities and serious health problems like diabetes. The most important thing you can do is brush and floss twice daily and consider using a dental rinse before you brush. Mouthwash is a great way to finish your routine and help you have fresh breath.

If you don’t have a bedtime routine, consider starting one today. Incorporating dental hygiene, journaling, and other healthy pursuits into your routine will pay immediate benefits. It’s hard to overstate healthy habits’ positive impact on your life.

Tips to Avoid Gum Disease

Daily care and regular professional dental cleanings are the most important things you can do to protect yourself from gum disease. If you think you may be at risk for gum disease, there are a few things to consider.

If your gums bleed after you floss, it’s a sign that something’s wrong. You may be tempted to think you’re flossing or brushing wrong, but this is rarely true. It usually means you’ve missed a few days or aren’t flossing well enough. When you return to the habit, finding something pink or red in the sink is a sign you’re doing the right thing. Keep it up so you don’t miss out on the flossing benefits. It’s like when you start exercising, and your muscles get sore. If you stick with it, the blood will go away as your gums get healthier, but if you’re worried, ask your dentist. They will help you resolve any fears or concerns.

An interdental brush is a small, skinny tool that’s really effective at clearing out pockets of bacteria. It was designed for people with gaps between teeth, and it works great. If you think it might work for you, consider trying it.

The best practices for oral hygiene are easy to follow once you get into the right habit. Talk to your dentist about any additional concerns you may have. They will make sure you get the best advice for your personal situation.

Daily Brushing Promotes Healthy Teeth and a Healthy Life

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Pushing harder and stronger with your brush doesn’t mean better. Too much force, or using a brush with too firm bristles can cause your gums to recede. Some people will advise you to use an electric toothbrush because it provides a consistent, gentle force. They can help, but electric toothbrushes aren’t necessary.

A cheap, comfortable toothbrush is usually enough to clean your teeth and mouth. Gently brushing twice daily for two minutes will get the job done right. All you need to do is hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against the gum line and take it easy. If you don’t like your toothbrush, your dentist can help you find the right one.

A healthy mouth and perfect smile will make you more attractive and pleasant. The cleaner you can keep your mouth, the happier and healthier you will be. Taking care of your teeth can be fun and easy if you follow a routine.

I recommend that you commit to making one improvement to your oral care today. Should you schedule a time to brush your teeth? Maybe you need to refocus on flossing. Take a moment to decide where you can make the easiest and best improvements. While you’re at it, are you overdue for a dental cleaning? Call your dentist and make an appointment today.