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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Good Oral Hygiene Best Practices

When it comes to good oral hygiene, everything comes down to one simple idea: “ignore your teeth and they’ll go away.” The key to healthy teeth and gums is following a short list of best practices every day. It only takes a little bit of dedication and regular trips to the dentist to keep your smile looking its best. It is important to invest in a low cost dental plan in order to protect your pearly whites – and ultimately your wallet.

Brush
Ideally, dentists want their patients to brush twice a day as well as after every meal for two minutes each time. This might sound like an inconvenience, but adding this quick and easy step into your daily routine is less intrusive than you might think. In fact, after a while you will find that brushing after every meal becomes like second nature. Brushing not only removes dangerous plaque from your teeth, but it leaves your breath fresh.

Floss
The majority of Americans do not floss nearly as much as they should. Many people who do floss do it incorrectly. It seems simple enough, right? Threading the floss between your teeth to get rid of food and plaque you can’t reach with your toothbrush isn’t brain surgery. However, if you have a low cost dental plan you can ask for a demonstration from your dentist to learn how to floss properly and maximize the results of your efforts.

Mouthwash
Some people think that mouthwash is only good for keeping your breath fresh. In reality, there are ingredients in mouthwash that strengthen tooth enamel. For best results, choose a mouthwash with fluoride to use daily.

Visit the dentist
Experts recommend visiting the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and check-up. Some people wait until they have a problem with their teeth or gums before they schedule an appointment, but everyone knows that “prevention is the best medicine.” Therefore, taking a more proactive approach by going to the dentist every six months is the best idea. A low cost dental plan makes these trips affordable and also protects people from expensive bills should a dental problem arise.

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