By now, we all know that the best way to stay on top of your oral health is to visit your dentist regularly. But that doesn’t mean you should only be thinking about your oral health twice a year! There are plenty of things you can do at home to ensure a healthy smile all year long.
Keep reading for some expert home dental care techniques!
First Thing’s First: Set Goals!
When goals and resolutions aren’t written down, they’re significantly less likely to happen. So, if there’s a particular oral health habit you’re trying to make stick, writing it down is the first step. Maybe you’re finally ready to commit to daily flossing, or you want to get into a good brushing routine with your whole family. Whatever the goal, make sure you write it down somewhere.
Make Home Dental Care Fun!
Even when we know a particular habit is good for us, it never hurts to make new goals as fun as possible. Even something as simple as trying a new toothpaste brand can make brushing just a little more exciting! Get a flavor you really like, pick up a cool new electric toothbrush, or simply reorganize your dental hygiene products so they’re more accessible to you.
These little steps can make a huge difference when it comes to committing to home dental care!
Speaking of Toothpaste…
Even if it’s not for fun, swapping out your old toothpaste for something new could be beneficial to your oral health. Check the label on your current toothpaste and make sure that it not only contains fluoride, but that it’s also “low abrasive.” Some toothpastes are highly abrasive, meaning that they’ll wear down your enamel over time.
Clean Out Your Mind While You Clean Your Mouth
Combining healthy habits is a great way to achieve more in less time—and we all know how often time seems in short supply! Brushing your teeth is the perfect opportunity to practice some mindfulness. For two minutes (set a timer if you need to!) brush your teeth in thorough, methodic circles. Focus on breathing deeply in and out of your nose, and try to empty your mind. You’ll be surprised how big of a difference a couple minutes of quiet can make.
Like we mentioned above, combining habits whenever you can is something you should keep in mind. If you find yourself constantly snacking between meals or late at night and want to stop, add it to your home dental care plan!
Snacking on something after you’ve brushed your teeth for the night might seem harmless, but it provides a lot of time for bacteria to grow in your mouth. On the flip side, if you want to cut back on your snacking altogether, brushing your teeth right after dinner can help discourage you from eating again.
Make Your Dentist Proud!
If you make oral health a priority at home, your dentist is sure to notice. You’re far less likely to get bad news, plus you can avoid that embarrassing haven’t-been-flossing gum bleeding. If you’re due for a thorough cleaning and professional checkup, schedule an appointment with LeCroy Dental today and check it off your list!