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We all know that brushing and flossing are foundational to good oral health habits. But bad habits can sneak in, despite our best intentions. Luckily, it’s never too late to brush up on your brushing habits!

Speed Demon: One of the easiest habits to slip into is not using enough time for brushing your teeth. Brush twice a day, 2 minutes per session. If you are having trouble taking enough time on your teeth, try setting a timer! Even better, turn on some music or a podcast and listen while you brush.

Forgetting Flossing: Flossing or other interdental cleaning is a major part of keeping the mouth clean from leftover food particles and bacteria that cause tooth decay. Flossing should take 2-3 minutes per session. Make sure to clean all surfaces of the teeth–don’t forget the back row!

Too Soon: Don’t brush immediately after eating–especially if you’ve had something acidic, like oranges or lemons, soda, or alcohol. Brushing right after eating or drinking acidic foods can harm your teeth. Wait 20-30 minutes after eating to brush and floss. Try chewing ADA approved sugarless gum to help clean your mouth while you wait–chewing gum stimulates saliva production, which is your body’s primary defence against bacteria. Or, for overall body health while cleaning your mouth, drink water! Just make sure to choose plain water with no citrus juice squeezed in.

Talk to your dentist about other healthy habits to include in your oral hygiene routine. Dr. Celeste M. Eckerman and our team here at Celeste M. Eckerman DDS LLC in Minden, Nevada, will be happy to help you on your way to an even healthier smile! Call us at 775-782-2799 to set an appointment today!