(WellnessPursuits.com) – Sometimes, life is what happens when you’re busy making plans… even plans to go to the dentist. If you’re having trouble getting to the dentist, you may find yourself going longer than usual between cleanings.
Luckily, there are a number of things you can do to keep your mouth healthy. Here are some oral hygiene tips you can practice at home.
- Switch to an electric toothbrush. They remove plaque and reduce the risk of gingivitis more than manual toothbrushes — and that’s not all. Some electric toothbrushes have built-in timers that encourage you to brush your teeth long enough.
- Be sure to floss. Not flossing consistently can lead to plaque buildup, gingivitis, cavities and other issues. Taking a few minutes out of your day to add flossing to your routine can lower your risks.
- Brush your gums and tongue. This will help keep plaque from building up in these areas and reduce your risk of gingivitis as well as get rid of bad breath.
- Brush your teeth before bed. Many of us neglect to brush our teeth before bed, but it’s important to get rid of the germs and plaque that have built up in our mouths throughout the day.
- Use mouthwash. Mouthwash does more than get rid of bad breath. It also helps get rid of plaque, gingivitis and bacteria. Use it twice a day for optimal results.
- Be careful when eating. If possible, avoid eating foods that may lead to dental problems while your dentist is out of the office. Popcorn and seeds can get stuck between your teeth, for example. Avoid drinking soda, carbonated beverages and lemon juice because they are high in acid and weaken enamel.
- Try oil pulling. This ancient Ayurvedic practice helps get rid of harmful bacteria and plaque. It may also help prevent cavities, reduce gum inflammation, improve gum health and get rid of bad breath.
- Practice good toothbrush/toothpaste hygiene to stay healthy. Avoid sharing toothbrushes, storing your toothbrushes together with your partner and using the same tube of toothpaste. If you must share toothpaste, don’t apply it directly to the toothbrush. You should also wash your hands after you brush and floss.
These are just a few of the things you can do at home to keep your teeth and gums healthy right now. Taking extra oral hygiene steps can help you avoid cavities, gingivitis and other problems until you can get to the dentist for a check-up and cleaning.
~Here’s to Your Healthy Pursuits!
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