As you start to make resolutions for the new year, don’t forget to make your smile a priority. There are a number of things that you can do to help quick-start your oral hygiene routine this year. Our Toluca Lake dentists are her with some tips and recommendations that can help you care for your smile all year long.
The first thing to do is to take the opportunity to call your dental team and set up your semi-annual professional cleanings for this upcoming year. Getting these appointments on the calendar will help you ensure that you don’t skimp on essential professional preventive and restorative services.
Here’s an even smaller and simpler step to take: replace your toothbrush for the new year. Old toothbrush bristles can harbor bacteria and mold, so you really should be switching out your brush every three months or so, and especially after an illness.
Now is also the time to re-examine your daily oral hygiene routine. Are you doing everything you can to minimize plaque and your risk of developing cavities and gum disease? Make sure that you’re:
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day—once in the morning and once before bed
- Brushing for at least two minutes every time that you clean your smile
- Applying gentle pressure while brushing, and use the softest type of bristle that is appropriate for your smile, if you aren’t sure what type of bristle this is, ask your dentist!
- Flossing at least once a day, ideally at night right before you brush
If you feel like your daily oral hygiene routine isn’t cutting it, you can always contact our Toluca Lake dentists to get some personalized recommendations for your smile. Once we get a better idea of what types of dental issues you’re dealing with, we can help you optimize your oral hygiene routine for exceptional results.