Upgrade Your Oral Care Routine

Upgrade Your Oral Care Routine
February 20 17:05 2019 Print This Article

Most of us are well aware that we should brush our teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day to prevent gum disease and tooth loss. However, we find ourselves fibbing about our oral care habits when in the dentist’s chair for our six-month checkup visits. With our busy schedules, it’s easy to forget to take care of our teeth. Yet, once gum disease settles in and causes major problems, it takes significant time and money to treat and reverse. Alternatives to traditional toothbrushes and floss may help.

Consider Using an Electric Toothbrush

Cochrane review in 2014 found that an electric toothbrush can reduce dental plaque and gingivitis more than manual brushes. Built-in timers in some models help you make sure that you brush for the recommended two minutes. If you have dexterity problems from arthritis or carpal tunnel syndrome, electric brushes are easier to maneuver around the mouth. An electric brush’s rotating motor provides the scrubbing action, so you only need to hold it against teeth with a light force. Some individuals who brush too hard with manual models may do better with electric rotating brushes.

Swap Out Your Floss

Alternatives exist to boring old white pieces of string. Flavored models with mint leave behind a fresh taste in your mouth. Dental picks offer an alternative to those who have difficulty wrapping regular string floss around their fingers and getting it in between each tooth. Oral irrigators that direct a stream of water between your teeth and just below your gum line work well for people with arthritis. Many people with small mouths, tightly spaced teeth, and dental bridges find irrigators easier to use.

Supplement Flossing With a Mouthwash

Swishing and rinsing with a mouthwash takes less time than flossing and drives anti-bacterial solution into difficult-to-reach tight spaces in between your teeth. Mouthwashes come in a variety of flavors; choose a pleasing taste. Consider alcohol-free mouthwashes if you have dry mouth, take dehydrating medications, or have a history of alcohol abuse.

In a Pinch, Try Sugar-Free Gum

Gum chewing does not replace brushing or flossing, but it can stand in as a temporary fix when you do not have other dental tools with you. The chewing action produces saliva that helps to remove debris from your teeth. Just be sure to choose a sugar-free model because sugar contributes to cavities. If you have dental work such as bridges, consult with your dentist before using gum.

Don’t let the challenges of traditional flossing and brushing keep you from taking care of your teeth. Consider using electric brush models, alternative kinds of floss, mouthwash, and sugar-free gum. You deserve a healthy and beautiful smile.

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Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan is a health enthusiast and has written several health articles for various health magazines.

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