Humans are fascinating. We pick up habits without even realising it. Very soon, certain things make up a habitual part of our identity; and this doesn’t always have to be bad.
With enough repetition, good dental hygiene habits can become second nature to you… and your future self will thank you for the great oral health you have gifted them.
Here are three tricks to great oral hygiene, to add to your daily routine.
Brush before bedtime
The majority of people brush their teeth before leaving the house in the morning, in order to be fresh for interacting with others. This is good practice (and good manners, too), but one should also clean one’s mouth in the evening.
Think about it. After a long day of eating and drinking, a good thorough scrubbing is necessary to get rid of all the gunk that may be left behind.
Also, for possibly the next 8 hours, your mouth will be tightly shut, creating the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Every time you skip brushing your teeth, you are encouraging the build-up of bacteria that would’ve been destroyed with an easy, two-minute brush, says Beavers Dentistry.
Use a good mouthwash
The verdict on mouthwash has been shaky for the last few years, but nowadays, dentists encourage a good rinse after brushing.
This way, you can leave the toothpaste directly on your teeth after brushing so its fluoride fortifies your teeth. Rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash designed to fight cavities and whiten the teeth, Palm Beach Dentistry advises.
“While this is not an official endorsement, most dentists recommend the use of ACT restoring mouthwash. This mouthwash is ideal for people with a myriad of oral health problems as well as those with perfectly healthy teeth and gums”.
Don’t forget to clean your tongue
Seriously, it’s just as important as brushing your teeth, if not more so. The tongue is home to a lot of bacteria, and can cause very bad breath!
Brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper every time you brush your teeth; it’s as simple as that.
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