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How to Keep Your Teeth Clean In Between Dental Checkups

While yearly visits to your dentist are crucial to your oral health, here’s how regular at-home dental hygiene in between your appointments can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

In addition to visiting your dentist/dental hygienist for regular check-ups and teeth cleanings, following a strict dental hygiene routine at home is absolutely crucial for not only protecting your oral health, but your overall well-being as well.

In fact, failing to look after your gums and teeth in between your dental visits can have some undesirable consequences, such as:

  • Tooth loss
  • Cavities
  • Gum disease
  • Increased risk of developing heart disease
  • Difficulty eating hard or crunchy foods
  • Increased risk of other systemic health conditions such as dementia, cancer, and diabetic complications.

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4 Dental Hygiene Tips To Keep Your Teeth Clean In Between Check Ups

Don’t you love the clean and fresh feeling after you’ve visited your dentist for a checkup or teeth cleaning? Maintaining that great sensation is not as hard as you might think!

To help keep your gums and teeth healthy in-between your dental visits, here are 4 simple dental hygiene tips you should follow:

1. Brush Daily, But Don’t Overdo It

While brushing your teeth vigorously can make you feel as if they’re extra cleaning, using too intense of a motion can actually cause some serious damage, such as:

  • More porous and sensitive teeth
  • Gum recession
  • Increased risk of tooth decay due to root exposure

Proper Brushing Technique

No matter how many times you brush your teeth, it won’t enhance your oral health if you aren’t doing it properly. To ensure you’re brushing effectively, follow these 4 tips:

  • Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle
  • Use short, circular motions with the head of the brush pointed towards your gum line
  • Brush each tooth between 10-15 times
  • Spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth

Remember: When brushing your teeth, be gentle and use the right technique, otherwise you may hindering your oral and overall health.

2. Quit Smoking

It’s no surprise that smoking is not only terrible for your overall health, but also for your teeth. No matter how clean they become at your yearly dental visit, smoking puts your teeth at risk for numerous problems.

Smoking will increase your risk of developing:

  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Tooth loss
  • Oral cancers
  • Bad breath
  • Stained teeth

Tip: If you want brighter teeth, fresher breath, and a healthier mouth, then you should talk to your dentist about how to quit smoking at your next appointment.

3. Lower Your Sugar Intake

While we all love sugary treats, did you know that sugar promotes bacterial growth in your mouth, causing plaque to form? This plaque then attacks your enamel and gums, and can even lead to tooth decay.

While you don't need to quit all sugary foods, limiting your intake, and brushing and flossing after treats, will definitely be beneficial to your overall health.

Keep gum at hand: If you can’t brush in between each meal or sugary treat, chewing gum can freshen your breath and increase saliva production, which will help to wash away food debris.

4. Eat Foods That Clean Your Teeth

While most people know that there are certain foods (eg. soda and sugary) that can adversely affect your oral health, did you know that there are certain foods that can improve it? This includes products such as:

  • Apples
  • Raw carrots
  • Celery

Eating these ‘detergent’ foods can help cut down the amount of plaque in your mouth, especially if you can’t brush in between-meals, and they’ll help keep your oral health in check.

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