Brushing and flossing are essential for maintaining oral hygiene, but they are not the only dental care habits you should practice on a regular basis. If you want a brighter, whiter smile — and healthier mouth overall — there are certain steps you can take every day to make that happen. Below, the family dentists at Wahiawa & Pearl Family Dental Care share a few of them.
How to Achieve a Cleaner Mouth with These 3 Dental Care Tips
1. Use a Tongue Scraper Daily
Even after you brush and floss, harmful bacteria can still thrive on the tongue. These bacteria can cause bad breath, tooth decay, and other oral health issues. For optimum oral hygiene, make tongue scraping part of the daily routine. Some toothbrushes come with a built-in scraper. Otherwise, you can purchase a tool specifically designed for scraping.
2. Replace Your Brush Every 3 Months
When the bristles of the brush wear down, they are no longer effective at scraping away plaque and food particles. Replace your toothbrush every three months to ensure you are always getting a thorough clean. You should also get a new brush after every serious or contagious illness because disease-causing bacteria can remain on the bristles.
3. Avoid Late-Night Snacking
If you snack after brushing your teeth for the night, bacteria can thrive on any leftover food particles while you sleep. If late-night snacking is a regular habit, this can eventually lead to the accumulation of plaque or tartar and contribute to the development of cavities. Always brush your teeth right before going to bed to prevent such issues.
Visiting a dentist regularly is also essential for maintaining a clean mouth. If it has been over six months since your last exam, turn to Wahiawa & Pearl Family Dental Care. You can learn more about the general and cosmetic dentistry services they provide by visiting their website. To make an appointment at their Pearl City practice, call (808) 456-5953. To schedule a teeth cleaning in Honolulu, call (808) 422-2112.