Dental Hygiene Hacks to Use in Everyday Life
Submitted by Dr. Samir Ayoub on December 9, 2018 - 9:00 am
Oral hygiene does not have to be time-consuming or complicated. A few simple “hacks” can result in a cleaner, healthier and more attractive smile. Read on as Dr. Samir Ayoub shares his best dental hygiene hacks to use in everyday life.
Buy an Electric Toothbrush with a Timer
Electric toothbrushes are an incredible investment. Not only do they provide efficient cleaning action, but many models have a built-in timer to help keep track of how long you are brushing. You can get a great cleaning without wasting any time!
Buy a Tongue Scraper
If you’re brushing and flossing daily, yet your breath is less than fresh, bacteria may have accumulated in the crevices of your tongue. Get yourself a device called a tongue scraper, which can reduce or eliminate food particles and debris on your tongue for fresher breath and a cleaner tongue.
Oral Hygiene at the Office
Carrying a toothbrush and toothpaste around the office isn’t always easy or discreet. But tossing a small container of floss into your purse or briefcase is much more convenient. You can give your teeth a quick floss after lunch to get rid of food particles and bacteria.
Drink Through A Straw
A quick and easy way to limit the amount of stain-causing coffee, tea and wine that comes in contact with your teeth is to use a straw. Sipping through a straw helps the liquid bypass the teeth, minimizing tooth staining.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
It’s possible to satisfy a sweet tooth without compromising your oral health. Instead of a handful of Skittles or gummy bears, try some raspberries or blueberries. Another good option is apple slices, which are sweet, tasty and known to help clean the teeth. Or, chew a stick of sugar-free gum.
Reconsider Your Lipstick
Something as simple as picking the right shade of lipstick can make your teeth look whiter and healthier! Choose a blue-based formula, a dark berry, purple or something with cool undertones to enjoy a whiter-looking smile. Steer clear of warm-toned lipsticks, which will emphasize yellow in the teeth.
Contact Dr. Ayoub
Once you’ve mastered these tips and tricks, don’t forget to see Dr. Ayoub at least twice a year for a professional exam and cleaning. To book your next appointment, please contact our San Francisco office today.