Your oral health is so important, yet often people don’t make it a priority. This might be because they just don’t think it’s important, which simply isn’t true, or maybe it’s because it’s overwhelming and they don’t know where to start, which is where we come in. We’ve broken things down into three simple tips to help you build a strong oral health routine, with very minor changes to your routine that will make a big difference to your oral health!
See Your Dentist Every 6 Months
The first thing you need to do to build a strong oral health routine is to see your dentist every 6 months. This is the perfect amount of time to make sure that if any problems arise between appointments without you knowing, they can be resolved quickly and less invasive than if they were left for much longer. There may be some oral health issues that you identify yourself from things like sensitivity or tooth pain, but other things will go unnoticed. So, seeing your dentist regularly will help to keep your teeth as healthy as possible, whether you go to a general or cosmetic dental clinic.
At the same time you should also see your hygienist, who will remove any build up of tartar, which over time can cause tooth decay, which leads to many other problems in the mouth. Seeing your dentist will also mean you get access to personalised advice about your teeth, mouth and gums, so you can keep your mouth as healthy as possible between appointments.
Use Products Containing Fluoride
Another thing you can do to build a strong oral health routine is to use products containing fluoride. Fluoride is a naturally occurring mineral that helps to prevent tooth decay, so is an important ingredient to have in your toothpaste and mouthwash. Next time you shop for these products, just have a quick look at the ingredient list to see if fluoride is present. It shouldn’t be hard to find, as most products should have it in. Plus, it’s not something that is only in the expensive oral health products, so you won’t have to go over your usual budget in order to add this to your routine. This is a super simple change that only requires a second of extra work and it can make a big difference to your oral health.
Drink More Water
Drinking more water is such a simple thing you can do to really help your teeth. When you drink water, particularly with or after a meal, drink or snack, it helps to wash away leftover food or residue on the teeth, which when left, can cause bacteria to develop which then leads to all kinds of oral health problems. So, although drinking water absolutely shouldn’t be used as a replacement for a thorough brushing and flossing routine, as it is nowhere near as effective, drinking more water is something really positive you can do throughout the day in order to do as much as possible between brushing.