Good oral hygiene has a lot of components beyond just brushing your teeth after meals and snacks. Here are some parts you may have overlooked.
1. Tongue Brushing
You hear a lot about brushing and flossing, but did you know that it’s important to brush your tongue, too? Many people overlook this important part of oral hygiene. Bacteria can grow on the surface of your tongue very easily. The surface of your tongue is not smooth; it contains many tiny nodules that are your taste buds. Bacteria can attach to those nodules and cause bad breath as well as a general harmful condition. After you brush and floss your teeth, take a moment to brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper, which you can buy in any drugstore.
Flossing is the only way that you can clean between your teeth. Brushing just isn’t enough. That’s why, every time you visit your dentist in San Antonio, they ask if you’ve been flossing. They know that if you haven’t been flossing, there’s apt to be problems developing in between your teeth.
Rinsing is an important part of oral hygiene that many people overlook. What you rinse with isn’t as important as the fact that you rinse. You can rinse with a commercial mouthwash, a homemade rinse, or even just tap water. But it’s critical that you rinse after brushing and flossing so that any loose bits of food can get rinsed away.
4. Hand Washing
You wouldn’t ordinarily think that hand washing has anything to do with oral hygiene, but it does. Think about how you handle your floss. You should be careful washing your hands before you floss because your hands are going to be all over that string that you’re putting in between your teeth.
5. Replacing Your Toothbrush
It’s surprising how long people will hold on to their same toothbrush. Typically, people don’t think to replace their toothbrush until bristles are flattened or falling out. But dentists recommend that you replace your toothbrush at least once a month. Buy several at a time so you can quickly replace them as needed. If you don’t like the idea of discarding what looks like a perfectly good toothbrush, reuse it as a cleaning tool for your household needs.