7 Oral Hygiene Hacks for a Healthier Smile

When we think about oral hygiene, oftentimes the first activities that come to mind are brushing and flossing. While these are most certainly the cornerstones of optimal oral health, there are many ways we can level-up our oral hygiene routine.
Beautiful and healthy woman smile, close-up

Based on the infographic, below we elaborate on these 7 different oral hygiene hacks, as supported by the dentists of Hawkins Family Dental.

1. Use a Tongue Scraper

A tongue scraper is used to remove harmful mouth bacteria that accumulates and also happens to be one of the primary causes of bad breath. By using a tongue scraper each day, you can improve your oral hygiene immensely. The bacteria that builds up on the surface of your tongue not only causes bad breath, but it also contributes to plaque and decay of the tooth enamel. Using a tongue scraper each day will set the foundation for a healthier mouth.

2. Eat Foods That Reduce Harmful Bacteria

To lessen the amount of bacteria building up in your mouth, fruits and veggies are a big help. The crunchier the fruit and veg, the better. Apples, pears, carrots and celery are only a few of the great choices. These types of fruits and veggies build up saliva, which cleans out the bacteria in your mouth and raises the level of your oral hygiene.

3. Be Aware of Teeth Grinding

Grinding your teeth wears down tooth enamel and can increase the chance of decay. If you have a problem with grinding your teeth, talk to your dentist. They can fit you with a mouth guard to protect your teeth while you sleep. They are simple and easy to put on and are much like a mouth retainer that has been made with tougher materials.

4. Put Mouthwash to Work

Mouthwash should be used at least once a day. It works hard to clean out lingering bacteria in your mouth. For those with sensitive teeth, there are mouthwashes without alcohol that will not hurt or increase that sensitivity. Mouthwash comes in a variety of different flavors, so you aren’t stuck with the popular mint flavor if you cannot stand it.

Because it’s a safe and proven way to keep your oral hygiene optimized, everyone should be using mouthwash; your oral hygiene will not be the best it can be without it.

5. Brush With Baking Soda

Brushing with baking soda helps eliminate tooth discoloration resulting from food and drink, smoking and other similar things. To do this safely, stir up a teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide until it turns into a toothpaste like mix. Simply brush your teeth and let it sit for a minute or so before rinsing with water. Only use peroxide in the form of a three percent solution.

6. Drink More Water

Drinking water is important not only for your overall health, but also for your mouth. Dry mouth reduces saliva in your mouth, which results in more bacteria and more decay. Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to increase saliva and encourage the washing away of bacteria.

7. Cut Your Flossing

Flossing can be time consuming when you do it correctly. Consider taking the time to break up the flossing throughout the day to make it easier. Try flossing the bottom part of your mouth at night and the top part in the morning. By breaking up your flossing, the process becomes less frustrating. It could even be broken up into more sessions, like a few times per day or between meals, if you have floss on hand.

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