The Best Way to Start an Oral Hygiene Routine is Just to Start One
Posted on 12/15/2019 by Jared Pell, DDS
Are you having that nagging thought every day that creeps in telling you that you aren't doing very well at maintaining your oral care?
You aren't alone, there are many people that sometimes let their oral care laps. The most important part of starting a new routine is to just start. You may have slips and mistakes here and there. Starting will get the ball rolling for success.
Ways to Get Yourself Motivated to Start
One of the best ways to get an idea of where you need to start is to set up an appointment with us. There are many factors that go into deciding how and where you need to focus on with your oral care routine. If you have health issues like diabetes, cancer treatments, heart diseases or you are pregnant. These things can change your routine. If you have to take certain medications, it's important to let your dentist know because some of those can have an effect on your oral health. By seeing a professional, you can get a personal guide for protecting your gums, teeth, and smile.
Basic Way to Start Your Routine
If you aren't in a position to see a dental professional immediately because of lack of insurance, finances or your schedule. These tips will help you get off to a great start. Start by going to the store and getting a soft bristled toothbrush, hard bristles can hurt your teeth and gums. If you don't already have fluoride toothpaste, pick yourself some up that you like.
Floss is extremely important, the most effective are floss picks. They are the ones that look like the letter Y sideways. If you don't have fluoride mouthwash, make sure you get some. The American Dental Association recommends that you brush your teeth twice per day for a minimum of 2 minutes, followed by using mouthwash. Floss at least once or twice per day.
Following that beginning routine will start protecting and healing some parts of your mouth until you can see a dental professional. When you are ready, give us a call. We would be happy to help with your oral care routine.