We all seem to be so busy these days. Between work and the many social engagements that come with family life, many of us claim that we don’t have time to make sure our teeth and gums are in proper working order. Fortunately, your dentist near Clintonville understands that your life is busy. Read on as they offer these 5 dental tips for people on the go.
1. Find the Right Toothbrush
You don’t necessarily have to take more time to ensure your mouth is in good shape. Sometimes it simply involves using the right tools, and that includes your toothbrush. Maybe you should try switching from a manual to an electric. Studies have shown that electric toothbrushes reduce plaque buildup over time. In addition, make sure the head of your brush is small enough to reach into all the nooks and crannies of your teeth, including your back molars.
2. Don’t Forget to Clean Your Tongue
Brushing might remove bacteria from your teeth, but they can still breed on your tongue. This can result in some serious bad breath. At the very least, you should be brushing your tongue every time you clean your teeth. If you really want to go the extra mile, invest in a tongue scraper and use it daily to get rid of food debris that can attract bacteria.
3. Wait Half an Hour
We all know that we should brush after eating, especially if we just enjoyed sweets. However, brushing immediately afterwards can actually wear down your enamel and leave you more susceptible to sensitivity and decay. Wait at least half an hour after eating to brush, particularly if you just ate something sugary or acidic. This gives your saliva ample time to neutralize the acids in your food so that they don’t damage your teeth.
4. Try an Alternative to Traditional Flossing
When people get busy, flossing is generally the first dental habit to fall by the wayside. Unfortunately, this is a problem because flossing is the only way to remove plaque from between your teeth that can cause bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. If regular flossing is not really your speed, try water flossing, floss picks, or interdental brushes. It doesn’t matter what you use as long as you’re flossing every day.
5. Don’t Skip Out on Your Checkups
It might seem like you’re wasting time by spending it in the dental chair every six months, but did you know it can save you time (and money) in the long run? By getting your teeth regularly cleaned by a professional, you can prevent serious plaque and tartar buildup which results in more severe problems down the road. Additionally, getting small problems, like cavities, treated as soon as possible keeps them from needing more expensive treatment that requires more time in the dental chair, like root canals.
By following these tips to keep your mouth healthy, you can save so much time in the future. Ask your dentist for more tips on how to keep your teeth and gums in good shape.
About the Author
Dr. Eric Buck is a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Dentistry who is also a part-time faculty member at Spear Education when he’s not treating patients at Creative Smiles in Columbus, OH. To learn more about how to take care of your teeth on-the-go, contact Dr. Buck on his website or at (614) 459-7766.