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Oral Care Cross Training For Healthier Teeth

Sharon McLaughlin RDH, BS, MM

Cross-training is all the rage in the fitness world. It makes sense for a healthy, toned body. It also makes sense when it comes to healthy teeth and gums.

Start a Routine For Better Oral Care

It is important to disrupt or remove the sticky bacterial film which forms on our teeth on a daily basis.  Just as we use different exercises to tone different parts of the body, we need a multitude of tools to reach all the nooks and crannies found around our teeth and gums.

In my experience, flossing 7 days a week is the most difficult habit to add to your daily routine.  If 7 day flossing is too overwhelming,  how about committing to 2 or 3 days?

And, on the days when you don’t floss, use one of the other available plaque removal tools like Soft Picks or a Rubber Tip Stimulator by GUM?

Tools Make Removing Plaque Easier

Dental floss is the only tool which disrupts the plaque where the teeth touch each other (where cavities start).  Soft picks are user friendly, feather-like toothpicks which remove food particles and plaque between teeth.  A rubber tip is a metal handle with a rubber point on the end which is used to trace the gumline where plaque accumulates due to the normal anatomy of the tooth which is widest in the middle.  This deflects the bristles of your toothbrush and leaves plaque at the gumline where the tooth is more narrow.

Undisturbed plaque cranks out acids and toxins which cause cavities and gum disease.

Why not give oral care cross-training a try?  Get in there and shake things up with a few different oral care tools (not all in one day but varying them during the week).

Switch up the routine and you’ll see the results for yourself.

Questions about oral care? Contact us or book an appointment for a check up & cleaning to remove plaque to help prevent cavities.