While October is National Oral Hygiene Month, we believe we should all celebrate practicing proper oral hygiene every single day! Along with regularly scheduled visits every six months, it’s important to take care of your teeth in between your dental appointments, too. The Agnini team is here to help you learn 5 tips and tricks to help keep your teeth in tiptop shape year-round!
Tip #1: Clean and Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly
After brushing your teeth, it’s important to make sure you clean your toothbrush. A toothbrush can easily become the home base for loads of different bacteria, yeast, and mold, all of which can cause poor oral hygiene. After brushing your teeth, be sure to rinse your toothbrush thoroughly each time AND always store your toothbrush uncovered. This will allow the bristles to effectively dry. Along with cleaning your toothbrush, you should also replace it every two to three months. We are all guilty of keeping a toothbrush longer than we should but it’s important to make an effort to change it out regularly so that harmful bacteria doesn’t accumulate.
Tip #2: Say Yes To Flossing
We’ve heard it all when it comes to flossing. The “yes, every day!”, the “no, not daily”, the “I do but not as much as I should” — but did you know that brushing your teeth only reaches approximately 25% of the bacteria in your mouth? Flossing helps you get to hard-to-reach places that are not accessible with only a toothbrush. This is why it’s important to floss your teeth every day. Bonus tip: make sure you floss behind the last molar in your mouth to guarantee a thorough cleaning.
Tip #3: Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods
We know the temptation for sugary treats and drinks all too well. Ultimately, sugar converts into acid in the mouth, which can then erode the enamel of your teeth. Enamel plays an important role in the health of your teeth as it serves as a protective coating. These acids are what lead to cavities that are easily formed by removing that protective layer off of your teeth. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also wear down tooth enamel. While you don’t necessarily have to avoid such foods altogether, it doesn’t hurt to be mindful, drink water to flush your mouth, and brush, brush, brush!
Tip #4: Use Firm Food To Clean Teeth
While we know sugary foods and acidic drinks are bad for your overall oral health, did you know that there are certain foods that can actually help clean your teeth? Firm foods like apples and carrots can improve your oral hygiene. Ending your meal with harder foods can assist in cleaning your teeth when you can’t brush them. While these foods are not a replacement for brushing, they’re certainly an excellent substitute in between brushing sessions. No matter what, you should always brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day!
Tip #5: Avoid Staining With Straws
For most, it can be challenging to start the day without a cup of coffee. The problem is that dark liquids like coffee, tea, and sodas can easily stain your pearly whites. The good thing is that you don’t have to forego your favorite beverage to keep your teeth stain-free. Instead, opt for grabbing a straw and be sure you’re consuming water daily to rinse your mouth (along with staying hydrated, of course!).
Keeping your teeth clean doesn’t have to be a chore. Follow these 5 tips to prioritize your dental hygiene and stay on top of your oral health. In honor of National Oral Hygiene Month, be sure to contact Agnini Family Dental to schedule your next appointment!