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Developing a Good Dental Routine

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When it comes to accomplishing goals, developing a routine and sticking to it is pretty much essential. Those who wish to lose weight and become healthier must implement an exercise routine and a healthy diet. Those who want to get out of debt must implement a routine for how they spend and save their money. Another area where developing a good routine is helpful is in achieving good oral health. Healthy teeth and a beautiful smile are not something that simply comes naturally; you must work for it. Thankfully, developing and implementing a good dental routine is not difficult, nor does it require much time from your daily schedule.

On the most taxing day, a good dental routine requires less than six minutes of your time: one minute for flossing, two minutes for brushing in the morning, two minutes for brushing at night, and less than sixty seconds for rinsing your toothbrush.

Let’s start with flossing. Dental floss is the only tool designed to clean the tight spaces between your teeth where food particles and plaque become trapped. Because floss is the only tool able to clean these areas, floss is considered to be the most important aspect of your dental routine. If you are not cleaning these tight spaces on a daily basis, bacteria are growing there and damaging your teeth and gums.

Brushing your teeth at least twice a day should also not be ignored. Brushing helps to loosen and remove plaque from the surfaces of the teeth so that it can be spat of your mouth. Brushing with fluoride tooth paste helps to protect the teeth from cavities and decay, and it also helps to freshen your breath.

Taking care of your toothbrush also needs to be a part of your dental routine. It is important that you rinse your toothbrush well after each use. Bacteria become trapped in the bristles of your toothbrush and will multiply quickly if they are not rinsed away. Of course, over time, bacteria will begin to grow in numbers and make it necessary to replace your toothbrush. It is recommended that you replace your toothbrush every 3-6 months. If you have ever wondered why you receive a new toothbrush at every dental visit, it is because your dentist understands how important it is to use a clean tool for cleaning your mouth.

Speaking of your dentist, keeping regular dental appointments is vital. Professional cleanings and exams help keep your teeth clean and allow your dentist to identify areas of concern. Contact Brentwood Dental Group today for an appointment.

Posted on behalf of Brentwood Dental Group