A Guide For Brushing Up On Dental Hygiene Basics That You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into

Brush your teeth, floss them, and use mouthwash -- everyone knows the basics of what you should do to keep your teeth healthy. But remembering to do the basics every night, much less enjoying them, can be hard to do sometimes. If you're looking for a way to make taking care of your teeth both easy and fun, then here are a few tricks for you.

Tip #1: Flossing is easier than you think

Most people forgo flossing due to time constraints -- it's easy to find 2 minutes to brush, but flossing often is left behind for being too fussy. But it doesn't have to be this way; you can floss without being inefficient.

Consider investing in a package of portable, disposable flossers -- often called 'alligator flossers' for their shape. These little wands of floss are perfect for popping in your bag on your way out the door, and they quickly become an essential in your dental-health-on-the-go kit (see below).

While you're looking for ways to make flossing more efficient, consider those 2 minutes you spend in the shower waiting with your hair covered in conditioner. That's time you could spend flossing while getting your hair soft and shiny at the same time. 

Tip #2: Brushing with a timer is better for your wallet, watch, and teeth

If you have trouble knowing exactly when the 2 minutes of brushing is done, you might be headed for some dental health problems down the road; over brushing can lead to gum recession and wear down your enamel, while underbrushing leaves you at risk for cavities -- and both of those mean big bucks spent in the dentist's chair later.

In order to keep yourself at 2 minutes, pick either an activity or a song that lasts the same amount of time. If it takes you 2 minutes to do 2 sets of 20 barbell curls, then set your brush by your workout gear. If you want to jam out while brushing, there are hundreds of songs out there that clock in at exactly or about two minutes to ensure you brush your full time -- and no further.

Tip #3: Constructing an on-the-go dental kit will keep your teeth and breath cleaner

You've hit that 2 p.m. jag where you mouth feels like damp cardboard and smells worse, even though you brushed with extra-minty toothpaste 5 or so hours before. In order to combat this, pack a dental emergency kit -- a mini travel toothbrush with a mini tube of toothpaste, a few floss wands, and a mini container of mouthwash. Replenish your kit as needed.

Once you've got your basics with you at all time, you can face the next board meeting or client rendezvous with confidence -- and a bright, clean smile. For more dental health tips, talk with a clinic, like Family Dental Center TriCities, PC.