Here at Sandy Family Dentistry, a Dentist in Sandy Oregon, we value our patient’s opinions. Lately we have been getting a lot of feedback from loyal patients thanking us for all the good advice we share. We like to help you make the most out of your oral care regimen because we know that a healthy smile is a happy smile.
The truth is the majority of oral health care should happen at home, and it is more preventative. When you take steps to better your health at home, and it is more enjoyable and affordable when you come to visit us.
We combined our favorite tips for this blog to help you make the most out of your oral care regimen at home.
Refresh Your Brush
Most likely it has been a little while since you have swapped your old toothbrush out for a brand new one. It is a good idea to change your toothbrush or the head of your electric toothbrush at least every 3-4 months.
The longer you keep your old toothbrush, the more you’re just transferring bacteria to your mouth. By replacing and refreshing your toothbrush you can feel fresher faster and have a cleaner mouth.
Ditch the Dark Colored Foods and Drinks
Eating dark colored foods and drinking a lot of coffee and red wine can show up on your teeth. Over time our teeth become stained from the pigments in these dark foods. Colas, gravies, and dark juices can also affect your smile. Bottom line: If it’s dark before you put it in your mouth, it will probably stain your teeth. We recommend brushing your teeth immediately after eating or drinking foods that can stain your teeth and use a good bleaching agent, either over-the-counter or in the dentist’s office.
Eat More Crunchy Food
Did you know that foods that are firm or crispy help clean your teeth as you eat them? We suggest eating healthier crunchy foods to get a cleaner mouth. Foods such as apples, raw carrots, celery, and popcorn are all good foods for your teeth. For best results, eat these foods as a final food you eat in your meal if you know you won’t be able to brush your teeth right after eating.
Use Mouthwash Often
When you do pick a brand of mouthwash, make sure it is alcohol-free. Most over-the-counter mouthwashes have too much alcohol, which can dry out the tissues in your mouth, making them more susceptible to bacteria. But when you are feeling stressed out and in a hurry a quick swish of fresh mouth wash can save the day.
Use Floss Picks
Floss picks are one of the greatest ways to keep clean teeth on the go. The floss picks work well because they fit between and under the wires to remove plaque and food particles, which helps keep breath fresh. Plus, the fun colors and great taste will help make flossing fun.