Good hygiene seems at simple after a certain age because it becomes second nature. You don’t have to consciously remember how to brush and floss because you’re used to it. However, that complacency can also render your hygiene useless if you don’t ensure that you’re cleaning your teeth properly. Today, we examine a few ways you can fortify your hygiene routine by revisiting a few basics and offering a few tips for optimal results.
Tweak Your Routine
- Consistency is key: One of the biggest mistakes people make in their hygiene routines is skipping it in the morning or evenings. Just because you’ve been good the last couple of weeks doesn’t mean you’re in the clear to skip one. Doing so gives plaque a chance to harden into tartar, and your toothpaste won’t be able to remove it anymore.
- Floss first: When you floss, you dislodge food particles and oral bacteria that land on your teeth and gums. When you brush, you can sweep and rinse these particles away easier. Otherwise, they’d remain until you brushed your teeth again, and the cycle would repeat itself.
- Brush and floss before bed: When you sleep oral bacteria accumulate excessively, thriving in the absence of oxygen-rich saliva. Cleaning your teeth before bed reduces this buildup by the time you wake up in the morning.
- Breakfast before brushing: When you wake in the morning, nighttime bacteria can make your mouth feel so icky that your first impulse is to brush your teeth. However, eating breakfast first stimulates your saliva to flow freely again, which aids in washing away harmful oral bacteria.
Boost Your Hygiene with Regular Preventive Care
Good hygiene is the cornerstone of good dental health, but only if you practice it correctly and consistently. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts in Lake Forest, IL, at 847-234-0517. We also proudly serve residents of West Forest Lake, Kennedy, Lake Bluff, Skokie, Junction, and all surrounding communities.