Elmhurst Dentist Helps You Optimize Your Oral Hygiene Plan For The New Year

Written by Dr. Scharfenberg on Jan 10, 2017

Elmhurst Dentist Helps You Optimize Your Oral Hygiene Plan For The New Year

As you move into the new year, our Elmhurst dentists encourage you to refocus on your oral health! This is a great time to assess your oral hygiene routines and ensure that you’re getting the most out of your daily efforts.

Here is a quick review of things that you can do to clean your smile effectively:

Don’t Skip!

The number one thing you can do is to stay on top of your daily oral hygiene routine and not skip days. Plaque is constantly accumulating on your smile, so you need to be just as persistent when it comes to cleaning your smile.

Use The Right Tools

Make sure that you are replacing your toothbrush every three months or so, as well as after you are sick. Also, talk to your dentist about what type of toothbrush bristle you should be using; most people will achieve best results with a soft bristled brush. In fact, for some dental patients, medium and firm toothbrushes can lead to dental enamel thinning.

Be Patient

Did you know that you should be brushing your teeth for two full minutes, every time that you brush? Try setting a timer to get an idea of how long two minutes is; you could also listen to a song that is about two minutes long. Sustained, gentle brushing is the most effective way to clean your teeth and gums while protecting your smile.

Talk To Your Dentist

If you notice that you are having trouble keeping your smile clean and fresh, even after recommitting to your oral hygiene routine, talk to your dentist. There are additional treatments and cleaning agents that may be beneficial for you.

Our Elmhurst dentists are here to help you optimize your oral health routine. Give us a call to speak to a member of our team and schedule a consultation!