It’s no secret that prevention is the best dental medicine, and most people realize that their daily hygiene routine is the cornerstone of that prevention. However, many people also lack in certain areas of their hygiene routine, and that can leave their smiles vulnerable to chronic issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Therefore, such conditions are much more common they need to be. Today, we offer a bit of advice for improving your hygiene routine at home and including your dentist in your efforts to keep your smile healthy.
Brush and floss in front of the mirror
Brushing and flossing your teeth is only effective when you clean every surface of your teeth. To be sure that you do, stand in front of your mirror and watch closely every time you brush and floss. You’ll also be less likely to brush too harshly and more likely to successfully remove all traces of plaque and food particles.
Don’t over-feed oral bacteria
The oral bacteria that build up dental plaque are most dangerous when they metabolize nutrients into harmful substances, like acids and toxins. The more often you eat, the more of these substances they produce. Therefore, be sure not to snack often throughout the day, and be sure to brush or rinse your teeth with water after every meal and snack.
Let your dentist lend a hand
Even with a diligent hygiene routine at home, it can be easy to miss a spot of plaque, or a few, every once in a while. The problem is that these spots calcify into tartar, which you can only remove with help from your dentist or hygienist. Attend a checkup and cleaning appointment at least once every six months so you can have this film removed, along with the increased risks of dental diseases that come with it.
Learn How to Improve Your Hygiene
Taking care of your smile is important, and with better hygiene practices, you can do so much more effectively. 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 Lake Bluff, Chicago, Libertyville, Gurnee, Highland Park, Vernon hills, Winnetka, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Bannockburn, Ravinia, and all surrounding communities in the Chicago Metro area.