There are many simple things a health-conscious person can do to raise their Dental IQ and improve their oral hygiene. One lesson the team at Providence Dental likes to share involves bacteria. Everyone’s mouth has a lot of it.
But don’t worry, bacteria isn’t the problem in and of itself. It’s the balance of bacteria that’s important. This is where brushing and flossing come into play. Brush and floss properly each day and you will have a better chance of keeping the appropriate balance.
Another precaution you can take to guard against the wrong kind of bacteria is to keep your toothbrush as far away from the toilet as possible. Also, close the lid of the toilet before you flush.
Make sure to wash your hands before you brush and floss. No exceptions!
When it comes to your toothbrush, don’t get sentimental. The American Dental Association recommends replacing it every three to four months. If you can avoid the unhealthy balance of bacteria in your mouth, you can avoid gum disease, tooth decay, as well as bad breath.
If your teeth are sensitive, avoid rinsing them after you brush. The fluoride in the toothpaste can help remineralize your enamel. If you go to bed with some toothpaste left on your teeth, it has a chance to go to work.
If you can avoid cavities, it’s less likely that you will need more extensive dental work such as dental implants and crowns.
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