After your dental checkup, your teeth feel clean and healthy. You also have confidence in knowing your oral health is on the right track. But how do you maintain that feeling? We want you to be assured about your dental health, so your smile remains in great shape. So, today we’re sharing tips on caring for your teeth between appointments;:

  • Replace your toothbrush every few months.

A new toothbrush does a better job of getting rid of plaque that has built up on your teeth. However, an old toothbrush can harbor bacteria that put your mouth at risk. Your toothbrush needs to be replaced every three months or so. However, if you notice flattened or broken bristles, get a new one much sooner.

  • Brush for two minutes.

When was the last time you paid attention to how long you brush your teeth? The ADA recommends you brush for at least two minutes. Doing so ensures thorough cleaning of your teeth and protects against cavities. Unfortunately, not everyone maintains that length of time. Keep an eye on the time next time you brush your teeth. Or consider purchasing an electric toothbrush with a built-in timer.

  • Floss once a day.

Flossing removes food particles between your teeth that simple brushing won’t reach. Make sure you floss at least once between each tooth and gently into your gumline. Also, you’ll want to floss before you brush, so you can brush away the food particles you’ve picked up. Ideally, if you are really inspired, floss after every meal.

  • Add nutritious food to your diet.

Some foods are healthier than others for your teeth. For example, crunchy carrots and apples can clean your teeth and increase saliva production. Cheese or other calcium-rich foods strengthen your tooth enamel. Lean proteins also have nutrients that improve your dental health. Focus on adding some nutritious foods to your diet for a healthier smile.

  • Choose a toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride.

You’ll want toothpaste with fluoride to give your tooth enamel the best protection against cavities. You should also consider adding a fluoride mouth rinse to your oral care routine. Although, remember that after you brush your teeth, you shouldn’t rinse. Contrary to popular belief, rinsing removes the fluoride you just applied to your teeth. So, spit out the toothpaste, but don’t rinse!

Need to schedule your next checkup? Call 541-668-8070 or fill out our online form to request your appointment at Drew Family Dentistry in Bend, OR.