Brushing your teeth like you’ve always done isn’t cutting it for you anymore. You know too much about bacteria wreaking havoc on your smile causing gum disease and bad breath. Ditching harmful bacteria doesn’t have to be a chore, you just need to do the right steps in the right order to get the most out of your dental routine. Rinsing first then flossing, brushing, and then rinsing again may seem excessive, but these few minutes of your day will have a big impact on your overall health and keep those dentist visits short.
Most of us think we should only end our dental routine with a mouthwash, but that really isn’t the ideal sequence according to dental professionals. Using an antibacterial mouth rinse before brushing your teeth will remove bacteria and food particles, which makes brushing even easier. Besides the antibacterial properties, if you use a mouthwash containing cetylpyridinium chloride or chlorhexidine or fluoride, then you’ll also be reducing bad breath, controlling plaque and gingivitis, and preventing tooth decay. You can get so many benefits from incorporating this initial step, so try rinsing beforehand and see how impressed your dentist is next time you see her.
This step is skipped by so many of us, but it's the most crucial when preventing buildup of bacteria under your teeth and gums. Not flossing has been connected to heart disease, diabetes since the bacteria in your mouth can travel throughout your body. Pro Tip: use a new section of floss in between each tooth!
The biggest concern with brushing, outside of incorrect technique, is the bacteria growing on your toothbrush. Using a Tao Clean Toothbrush means that you don’t have to worry about either of these problems since the electric brush does the cleaning and the UV Sanitizer removes the pathogens that could be living on your brush. If you don’t have a sanitizer at home yet, try soaking your brush in peroxide for five seconds and rinse it to remove some bacteria. Brushing your teeth with a clean toothbrush is common sense to get a healthy smile, but if you let bacteria thrive on your brush, then the other steps become even more vital to you protecting your teeth.
The final step to a healthy and fresh smile is rinsing with a fluoride or teeth whitening rinse. Pro Tip: Avoid using alcohol based rinses last, or they will remove the fluoride you just applied while brushing your teeth.
Now that you know how crucial preventing bacteria is for your smile and for your health, use these steps to get the most out of your toothbrushing experience. It may seem to be a lot of effort for shining, healthy teeth, but if there's one thing we all know everyone loves to see, it's a beautiful smile.
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