oral hygieneIf you’re like most adults, you probably learned the basics of oral health care a good while ago — and haven’t really given them much thought since. But like all skills, good dental hygiene habits can be forgotten. Keep reading for a reminder on proper oral hygiene for adults from your Scarborough dentist.

How to Maintain Excellent Oral Hygiene in 5 Simple Steps

Keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful now and for years to come is easy enough when you remember these five steps for proper oral hygiene.

#1: Twice a day brushing

We’re not kidding when we say that brushing for two minutes, twice a day is crucial for good oral health. Just once really isn’t enough, as this step is the best way to remove the plaque that’s constantly forming on your teeth throughout the day and night. If you have trouble reaching the two minute mark, try watching the clock until you’re familiar with what it feels like — or invest in an electric toothbrush that has an automatic timer.

#2: Daily flossing

Many adults believe that flossing is optional, but the daily habit is the only way to remove the leftover bacteria and food particles your toothbrush just can’t reach. But we also know that a big reason people don’t floss is the simple fact that they can’t remember to do so. Make it a habit by putting the floss somewhere you’re sure to see it, like on top of your toothbrush. Soon it’ll be a healthy habit you’ll feel incomplete without.

#3: Add in a mouthwash for good measure

Using a mouthwash in addition to routine brushing and flossing can be a good extra step, but please remember that it’s not a replacement for these first two steps. Mouthwash can be a good extra source of fluoride or help those struggling with chronic bad breath, but it should never take the place of twice daily brushing or daily flossing.

#4: Drink plenty of water

In addition to wonderful cleaning habits, you should also make sure to hydrate with water throughout the day. A healthy mouth is one that produces plenty of saliva, and the best way to encourage the fluid’s production is with pure H2O.

#5: Visit the dentist every six months

The final step in proper oral health is staying on top of your twice annual visits to the dentist. These checkups are important preventive measures, helping your dentist stop oral problems before they start. If it’s been more than six months since your last dental cleaning and exam, contact White Willow Family and Cosmetic Dentistry today.