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Tips to Improve Your Oral Hygiene

Published November 9, 2021 10:28 pm

Brushing and flossing teeth are great preventive measures to improve your oral hygiene. However, if you’ve been wondering about other preventive dental measures to take, continue reading to use the following tips to improve your oral hygiene at home or by visiting our office!

1. Reduce Sugar Intake

This first tip is not only great for your oral hygiene. It’s also great for your overall health. Too much sugar can lead to diabetes or heart issues, and when it comes to teeth, sugar causes rapid tooth decay when interacting with the bacteria in your mouth.

Not taking care of tooth decay as soon as possible could lead to root canal therapy. However, reducing sugar intake isn’t as hard as you think! Opting for sugar-free gum or limiting your soda to pair with one meal are both great ways to reduce sugar intake.

2. Replace Your Toothbrush Frequently

While you may like the color of your toothbrush, you should swap your toothbrush out every three to four months. Waiting any longer to switch your toothbrush allows bristles to wear out and accumulate bacteria.

Worn-out bristles can damage your gums as they’re too hard. If unsure about what type of toothbrush to use, soft-bristled toothbrushes are comfortable and safe for many.

3. Floss Before Brushing

Sometimes following an oral hygiene routine doesn’t mean steps are going in order. However, you can improve the cleaning process of your teeth by flossing before brushing.

Flossing before brushing allows the plaque and food particles between the teeth or around the gums to get removed. Flossing before allows toothpaste and the toothbrush to get in between the vacant areas.

There are plenty of other tips to improve your oral hygiene. However, these three can go a long way when you are consistent with them in your routine.

Trust Your Oral Health to Altitude Family Dental!

At Altitude Family Dental, we offer routine cleanings and exams to improve your oral hygiene in-office. Are you due for a dental cleaning or have other concerns about your oral hygiene? Please feel free to get in touch with our front office!

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