Building better oral hygiene habits in 2014

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
January 08, 2014
Category: Mouth Care
Tags: oral hygiene  

Build Better Oral Hygiene Habits This Year!

You probably have witnessed or experienced how easy it is to develop bad habits, so it’s easy to understand how hard it is to create better habits, such as exercising and maintaining a healthy diet. Since it is a new year, it seemed like the perfect time to offer some tips help you develop better habits, including oral hygiene habits. In Milford, CT, family dentistry is Dr. Bruce Schechter’s top priority, which is why Dr. Schechter loves offering oral hygiene tips to boost your preventative measures and help combat tooth decay.Oral Hygiene Habits

Create a routine around your oral hygiene

It’s easier to accomplish something when you set your mind and time to it. You should try brushing and flossing your teeth at the same time every day. After eating, it’s better to wait thirty minutes before brush your teeth. If you consume food and beverages that are highly acidic (or can metabolize acid), the acid can attack your tooth’s enamel and weaken it. Your toothbrush could push the acid further into your tooth’s enamel and dentin, causing more damage. Thus, try to make brushing and flossing the last thing you do before you walk out of the door. You will feel refreshed and ready to start your day!

Set healthy goals

Don’t think of your oral hygiene routine as a chore—think of it as a good routine and a part of your daily habits. Once you turn it into a habit, you are more motivated to keep your oral health in check. At-home preventative care is your responsibility, and you can expect good results as long as you continue to create better habits for a healthier body and teeth.
What are some of your oral hygiene habits that help keep your smile in top condition all year round?