Dental hygiene does not have to be as a long and drawn out process for healthy teeth and gums. In fact, investing as little as 10 minutes per day can ensure your mouth is as healthy as possible.
Develop a Practical and Easy Routine
Everything is easier once you systemize it. You will need to follow some simple steps to maximize the time you spend cleaning your mouth.
- Step 1: Pre-rinse- Use water to dislodge easy to remove crumbs that may be caught between your gums and cheeks. Swishing water around in your mouth will help loosen some stubborn food that may be caught between your teeth.
- Step 2: Floss- Flossing will loosen food particles between your teeth and remove plaque.
- Step 3: Brush- Brushing will move food particles. The toothpaste will help kill harmful bacteria.
- Step 4: Mouthwash- After brushing, use an antibacterial mouthwash to catch any harmful bacteria missed during brushing.
If you fear that you will forget some step in your dental hygiene routine, try placing the tools you will use in a convenient and conspicuous place. Common areas in your bathroom to place these tools include directly next to the faucet or in the medicine cabinet.
Brush At Least Twice Per Day
Dentists agree that two minutes of brushing is the minimum that you need to get into all the tricky areas of your mouth. After you eat breakfast in the morning, brush to remove any stray food particles and bacteria that took up residence in your mouth overnight. If you brush after the main three meals a day, you will spend six minutes per day brushing your teeth.
Floss Once Daily
Flossing can be time-consuming. Getting in between each tooth can take time, and reaching way in the back of your mouth can prove uncomfortable. Save this activity until your nighttime routine. Flossing should take approximately three through five minutes each night.
Rinse Your Mouth
A quick rinse before brushing should only take 15 to 30 seconds. After you've flossed and brushed, rinse your mouth well with an antibacterial mouthwash for thirty seconds to one minute.
Overall, your entire morning dental hygiene routine should take three minutes: two minutes for brushing and one minute to rinse well. Your evening routine will be closer to 10 minutes --two for the suggested rinses, five for flossing, and two for brushing.
Although that's only nine minutes, you never know what you may encounter. Be sure to keep your regularly scheduled appointments with your dentist so they can let you know of anything else to be done.