Maintaining good oral hygiene isn’t a one and done type of deal. It’s something to be mindful of each and every day. If left to their own devices, the billions and billions of bacteria living in your mouth will cause plaque buildup, cavities, and even gum disease. So, to maintain good oral hygiene and avoid any dental concerns, follow these 5 steps daily.

  1. Brush your teeth and brush them well.

Since childhood, we are all told over and over to brush our teeth twice a day. Yet many of us still skip the second brushing. Although it’s tempting to skimp out on the nightly teeth brushing because let’s face it – we mostly brush to get rid of bad breath and who smells our breath at night anyways – brushing your teeth before bed is equally important. You’ll want to make sure you brush in a gentle, circular motion for at least 2-minutes, twice a day. Make sure you get those back molars too!

Your child’s dental care is important too. It’s up to you to teach them how to brush! If you’re a new parent, check out this blog on how to brush your baby’s first teeth.

  1. Don’t forget to floss.

Even if your one of the few who do brush twice a day, chances are you probably forget to floss. Flossing is important because it gets out the plaque between your teeth and reduces gum inflammation.

Don’t let the difficulty of it stop you! There are lots of different types of floss. You can even buy handled flossers at the store that make flossing a cinch. It doesn’t take more than a minute either.

  1. Drink your water.

Water is on every health list, and for good reason. Drinking water after eating helps to get rid of any extra food particles or acid left behind.

  1. Eat more fruits and veggies and less sugar.

This isn’t just because they’re better for your overall health. Crunchy fruits and veggies help get the jaws working and can also scrape plaque off of your teeth. On the other hand, the sugar turns into enamel-eroding acid once in your mouth.

We’re not saying you have to kick sugar to the curb altogether, just be mindful.

  1. Make it in for your regular cleanings.

How are you or the dentist supposed to know if you have any oral concerns if you don’t see the dentist? Your regular cleanings are important for catching any signs of infection or disease before they progress. The earlier they’re caught, the easier it is to treat them. You should see your dentist once every six months.

Your Oral Hygiene Matters

Good oral hygiene is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Make it a point to brush and floss twice a day, drink your water and eat your veggies, and see your dentist regularly. Your teeth, and dentist will thank you!

Looking for a family dentist in Indianapolis? Sinchai Family Dentist offers a wide variety of dental services for all your needs. Call our office at (317) 849-3512 or head into our office at 9860 Westpoint Dr. Suite 200, Indianapolis, IN 46256 to schedule your appointment.