Simplifying is important. Simplifying your life can buy back time that you would otherwise lose, and can help improve your quality of life – this is why we recommend simplifying your oral hygiene routine. By taking key steps, you can enjoy a better and more efficient tooth brushing and oral hygiene experience, and you can save time by preventing dental problems that might require time-consuming interventions.
1. Use An Electric Toothbrush
If you’re using a manual toothbrush, then you’re probably not getting your teeth as clean as they should be. Electric toothbrushes do the same job as non-electric toothbrushes, but they do the job better, get deeper, and perform the work in the same amount of time. Use an electric toothbrush to achieve a deeper clean and overall healthier teeth.
There are many types of electric toothbrushes on the market. Some toothbrushes come with different features such as a built-in timer, and smart features that suggest which parts of your teeth need to be cleaned the most. Choose a model that fits your budget. Your dentist can recommend an electric toothbrush that would work well for you.
2. Time Yourself
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth for 2 minutes each time. Electric toothbrushes can time your tooth brushing experience, but you can time yourself even if you don’t have an electric tooth brush. To do this, set an alarm on your phone while you’re brushing, or brush to a favorite song that’s between two and three minutes long.
3. Brush Your Tongue
While your toothbrush is in your mouth, don’t forget to brush your tongue. Brushing your tongue will help control bacteria and can save you time spent trying to figure out why your breath isn’t quite as fresh as you’d like it to be!
Brushing your tongue can incite a gag response in some people. Start by placing the toothbrush on the back of your tongue, then gently rub the brush back and forth on your tongue. If you gag a little, you may be going back too far. Over time, you’ll be able to go back farther without creating this problem.
Flossing helps get rid of bacteria and food between your teeth. Floss at least once per day, or more if you have time. You can also floss once daily and then use a pick or waterpik in between flossings.
Flossing is an art. Many people have trouble flossing properly. Your dentist will give you tips to floss the right way, so ask your dentist to show you how to floss the next time you go in for an exam and cleaning.
5. Skip the Rinse
Spit when you’re done brushing your teeth, but you don’t need to rinse. Leaving a little toothpaste residue in your mouth is good, because that leaves fluoride on your teeth.
Get More Tooth Brushing Tips Next Time You See the Dentist
Get more tips from your dentist! Make an appointment with your dentist at Weninger Dentistry to find out more about how you can get the most out of your tooth brushing experience.