As we prepare to embark on a new year, we tend to take stock in what we are doing with our lives and make resolutions to improve ourselves. We improve our diet, our fitness – even our bad habits are a thing of the past. But what about your mouth? Do you ever think about improving your dental health? Not only will your overall health improve, but who doesn’t want a clean healthy smile in the new year?
So, take a moment to think about your teeth. Make necessary changes to improve them. Start by removing the bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria is the main culprit for all of your dental issues. Sounds complicated, but it really isn’t. The best way to limit the bacteria on your toothbrush is to replace it on a regular basis.
The American Dental Association, or ADA, recommends throwing out your toothbrush every three to four months. If the bristles become frayed, you’re sick, or you have a weak immune system, throw it out even more often. If you use an electric toothbrush, throw out the head as often as you’d discard a disposable toothbrush.
Every time you’re tempted to skip brushing and flossing your teeth, remember how many bacteria lurk in your mouth – and what they can do.
Bacteria causes gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. Make sure you’re brushing for at least two minutes twice a day and flossing as often as possible to eliminate some of those bacteria. Rinsing your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash before or after brushing can also help reduce plaque-causing bacteria that can lead to gingivitis, an early mild form of gum disease.
For more information about dental health, call Drs. Barmby and Frick in Walnut Creek, CA at 925-934-5526 or visit www.barmbyfrickprosthodontics.com.
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