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You have most likely been told on more than one occasion that your daily oral care regimen needs to include brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing no less than once a day. Although these guidelines are an excellent starting point, merely brushing and flossing is not really enough to ensure that your teeth and gums are in the best shape they possibly can be. 

Listed below are a few methods that you can easily implement in order to take your dental care routine to the next level.

Switch to an Electric Toothbrush

Improving Your Oral Care Habits

An electric toothbrush is capable of being far more useful than a traditional toothbrush as long as it is used properly. When using an electric toothbrush, there is no need to keep brushing back and forth over and over. All you have to do is guide the electric toothbrush across the various sections of your mouth and the little vibrations it gives off will take care of the cleaning for you. An electric toothbrush is a lot more efficient when it comes to eliminating food particles every day, particularly if you have a significant build-up of calcium and plaque in your mouth already. Most electric toothbrushes also come with a built-in timer that will help to ensure you are brushing your teeth for the full recommended two minutes.

Don’t Forget Your Tongue

Your tongue is covered in millions of harmful bacteria. They live and breed on your tongue and are able to encourage plaque buildup in your mouth and they are a common source of bad breath. Anytime you brush your teeth, you need to be sure that you are gently brushing your tongue too in order to remove these harmful bacteria. 

You should also consider adding a good mouthwash to your day-to-day oral care routine. This will also help to keep your breath fresh and kill off any bacteria. Be sure that you are using one that contains fluoride as these also have the advantage of making your teeth stronger.

At McBride Dental, we want to help you and your family do everything possible to have and preserve healthy teeth and gums. By scheduling regular appointments with your California family dentist and practicing the oral care techniques we teach you, your whole family will easily maintain teeth that are healthy, strong, and effective.

The San Marcos offices of Dr. Michael McBride are staffed with reputable, professional San Diego dentists that are ready to address any concerns you may have regarding common dental procedures, as well as preventative, cosmetic, or restorative dentistry. We also provide sedation dentistry treatments as an option for our patients with severe dental anxiety.

It is our job to help you and your family establish healthy dental habits to make sure that your teeth will always be there when you need them and your smile will always look great.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with a San Marcos dentist, please give us a call at (760) 471-1003 and speak with a trained member of our dental staff today.

 

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