We all think we know how to properly take care of our oral health; however, for most people, there are key steps that are often forgotten. We’re going to take you through some important steps for your oral health that are either forgotten are most people don’t know exist.
Replacing Your Toothbrush
Replacing your toothbrush every three to four months is something people don’t always follow. Effectiveness of the toothbrush and sanitation are the main reasons why we should replace our toothbrushes this often. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the effectiveness of our toothbrush bristles decreases as it gets worn out. Toothbrushes can also harbor bacteria, especially when we flush our toilets and fecal coliform bacteria is released into the air.
Where to Keep Your Toothbrush
Storing your toothbrush in an area that doesn’t collect bacteria is really important. If you don’t have a medicine cabinet or a storage area in your bathroom, toothbrush covers are a great option. They’re easy to find at most drugstores, and they’re also super affordable.
Limiting Sugary Beverages and Snacks
Although it makes sense to limit your sugary beverage and snack intake, most people forget the impact it has on your teeth. Sugary foods and beverages erode your teeth’s enamel more quickly which can lead to cavities.
Cleaning Your Tongue How often you should replace your toothbrush
Oral health is making sure the inside of your mouth is clean and healthy, this includes your tongue. Tongue scrapers are a great way to keep the inside of your mouth clean. A clean tongue also helps to prevent chronic bad breath!
If you have any questions or need to schedule your next appointment, call our office at (484) 212-0012.