3. Clean and change your toothbrush regularly.
What’s the most important tool that we use to clean our teeth? Right! A toothbrush. However, few people know how important it is to choose the right toothbrush.
- Always pick a small or a medium-sized brush, and make sure that its bristles can reach into the crevices of your molars where food remains can hide after you eat.
- Don’t use covers for your toothbrush because they may harbor microorganisms and bacteria. Instead, just rinse your brush with water after each use, and leave it to air dry. And don’t leave your brush in the same room as your toilet since fecal bacteria can end up on it.
- Change your toothbrush regularly because its bristles deteriorate with time and usage. As a result, you don’t clean your teeth as well as with a new toothbrush.
4. Follow a basic dental care routine.
It might sound like overfamiliar advice, but it really works. According to the International Dental Health Association, almost 42% of adults use just a toothbrush for their oral care. Sometimes we don’t realize that our dental care isn’t right or requires changes. If you want to protect your teeth from early decay, include the following steps in your dental care routine in the morning and before going to bed.
- Brush your teeth for 2 minutes at least twice a day. Try to brush all the surfaces of your teeth, reaching out to the farthest corners.
- Floss your teeth. Sometimes even brushing doesn’t work as well as flossing. Use floss to pull out any remaining food from underneath your gums, and try to get to the germs that are stuck there.
- Use mouthwash. Any mouthwash has an antibacterial effect and helps you get rid of any remaining bacteria in your mouth. Don’t rinse your mouth with water — the effect will last longer.