People usually do heavy house cleaning in the springtime. The air is warmer outside so the windows can go up. The whole house airs out the stale winter air and it’s a perfect time to get rid of the stuff that’s been cluttering up the house throughout the stifling winter season. You can do the same for your mouth, tongue and teeth and it doesn’t even have to be spring.
Deep Clean Your Mouth
You can deep clean your mouth once a month if you’d like. Begin by taking extra care brushing your teeth. Brush the entire mouth. You should not only brush the front and back of the teeth but also the cheeks, tongue and roof of your mouth. Bacteria can reside anywhere in your mouth, not just on the teeth.
Scrape Your Tongue
Invest in a good tongue scraper. They can remove more bacteria from the tongue than a toothbrush. They are not expensive. A rounded edge is used to gently scrape the tongue with just a few strokes forward and back.
Use an electric toothbrush. Even if you only use it once a month it can help remove bacteria and plaque much better than a manual toothbrush. Studies have shown massive differences in gingivitis reduction and less plaque with an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can be pricey. Some come with sensors to tell how hard you’re brushing and timers to make sure you brush long enough. Get a new toothbrush or use a UV light to destroy the harmful bacteria that congregate on moist toothbrushes. UV lights can also be used to sanitize the entire bathroom counter and sink area.
Use a quality mouthwash. Many mouthwashes simply mask bad breath. There are some far superior mouthwashes, however, many offer gum protection and health benefits and 24 hour protection against gingivitis.
Floss everywhere. A lot. Most people hate to floss but it really is critical to fighting decay. Flossing extremely well at least once a month is better than not at all. Floss back and forth between each tooth. Wrap the floss around the tooth to cradle it and pull out the bits of food particles left below the gum line.
Purchase a water pick. Flossing works wonders but every person’s mouth is a different size and shape, sometimes making the back teeth hard to reach with floss or a brush. The power of the tiny jet of water is able to squeeze between teeth and blow out bacteria and food particles.
Change your Toothpaste
All toothpastes are not created alike, contrary to popular belief. Some have baking soda, fluoride and other abrasive ingredients to help remove plaque and debris. Some contain whitening agents or ingredients for sensitive teeth. Choose a toothpaste with ingredients for your specific teeth issues.
Taking care of your teeth is the single most important thing you can do to keep your health in good shape. Gum disease from poor oral hygiene can and will cause issues in the rest of the body.