Your dental hygiene routine is the backbone of your good oral health. After a lifetime of the same routine, however, you might grow complacent in the details of keeping your teeth clean. For instance, it can become easier to miss a spot of plaque here and there, or to neglect to change your toothbrush once it becomes too frayed to be effective. To help make sure that your hygiene routine remains effective, we offer a few tips for more successfully keeping your teeth clean on a consistent basis.
Stick with It Consistently
Brushing and flossing your teeth is essential to good hygiene, but it only works if you do it at least twice every day. Harmful bacteria are the main components in dental plaque, which forms on your teeth constantly throughout the day. The only way to effectively prevent them from remaining long enough to be a threat is to constantly brush and floss the bacteria off of your teeth.
Pay Attention Each Time
It can be easy to let your mind drift when you brush and floss your teeth, but it’s important that you don’t. If you aren’t paying attention, then you might easily miss a spot or more on your teeth. Even a small amount of plaque can quickly harden, or calcify, into tartar in as little as day or two. Paying close attention will help ensure that you thoroughly clean every surface of your teeth, every time.
Improve Your Hygiene Results with Preventive Dentistry
Even if you regularly practice good hygiene, you might be able to improve your routine with a few tips from your dentist. 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.