Taking proper care of your dental hygiene means some things for your health and image. By brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, you cut down on the amount of harmful bacteria and plaque that can build up on your teeth and leave you with dental decay and infection. If you are looking to enhance your at-home dental hygiene routine, consider adding these three things to it. From using a tongue scraper to rinsing out your mouth after you eat, this article will list three small changes you can make that will have a big impact on your mouth. Read on to learn more.
Found at drugstores and even supermarkets, tongue scrapers are plastic handheld devices used to scrape your tongue. By scraping your tongue, you can get off bacteria and germs that cause things like bad breath. When using a tongue scraper, try applying a slight amount of pressure to your tongue to get it clean.
You likely use traditional dental floss at least twice a day but have you ever used a water flosser? A water flosser works by using pressurized water to get into just about every crevice in your mouth— leaving you with cleaner teeth, fresher breath, and overall better oral hygiene.
Rinse Your Mouth
One of the simplest steps you can add into your daily oral health routine is rinsing your mouth with either water or mouthwash after every meal. Water alone can get rid of trapped food in your teeth and bacteria that can cause things like decay. Additionally, water speeds up your mouth’s natural production of saliva which acts as your mouth’s natural defense against things like cavities. Simply swish your mouth with some warm water and spit it out. If you’re using mouthwash, consult Dr. Steven Holbrook beforehand to ensure the ingredients are safe for you.
By adding these three things to your dental routine, you can expect an even healthier mouth and smile than with brushing and flossing alone. To learn more about how you can enhance your oral health, contact Dr. Steven Holbrook today to schedule an appointment.