Are you looking for ways to make your daily dental care more effective and enjoyable? We've come up with 10 new toothbrushing tips and tricks you probably didn't know were out there. The great news is there's something for everyone. And who knows, maybe one of these ideas will revolutionize your oral hygiene routine!
1: Turn Brushing Into a Game
Did you know that there are toothbrushing apps designed to turn your daily routine into a fun and engaging experience? These apps use gamification to motivate you to brush your teeth for the recommended two minutes twice a day. They offer rewards, achievements, and entertaining visuals to keep you engaged while you brush. There are apps for people of all ages too!
2: Track Your Progress
Are you struggling to remember when you last replaced your toothbrush or how often you floss? Habit-tracking apps can help. These apps take a slightly different approach than gamification by tracking your brushing habits and providing personalized feedback to improve your technique. With in-app reminders to replace your toothbrush and statistics on your brushing performance, you'll be more motivated to maintain a healthy oral care routine.
3: Never Run Out of Supplies
Toothbrush subscriptions are more common than ever. If you constantly forget to replace your toothbrush or other brushing supplies, these companies have you covered. By signing up for a subscription, you'll receive a fresh toothbrush, toothpaste, and even floss refills delivered right to your doorstep at regular intervals.
4: Upgrade to an Electric Toothbrush
If you haven't made the switch to an electric toothbrush yet, now may be the time. Electric toothbrushes can provide a more consistent and effective clean compared to manual brushing. Many toothbrush subscription services offer high-quality electric toothbrushes as part of their plans. It's an easy and convenient way to upgrade your oral care routine and improve your dental health.
5: Use a Timer
It can be challenging to gauge how long you've been brushing without a timer. Most dentists recommend brushing for a full two minutes, but many people fall short of this goal. If you're not into apps, try simply using a timer to help you stay on track. You'll be surprised at how much of a difference those extra seconds can make.
6: Make Flossing Easier and More Effective
If you find traditional flossing difficult or uncomfortable, it's time to try a water flosser. Water flossers use a high-pressure stream of water to remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth and below the gum line. Some find them to be more comfortable and effective than traditional floss, and they can even help reduce gum inflammation and bleeding.
If you wear braces, water flossers can effectively clean around brackets and wires, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene during orthodontic treatment. Many water flossers even come with orthodontic tips designed specifically for cleaning braces.
7: Flossing Sticks or Picks
If you find a water flosser is not your thing, there are still other alternatives to traditional string floss. Flossing sticks or picks offer other ways to clean between your teeth effectively. These options can even be great for those with dexterity issues.
8: Change Up Flavor
If you don't enjoy the flavor of your toothpaste, you won't want to brush or you will rush through it. But many people don't realize that mint is not the only option. There are other flavors of toothpaste out there. Just be sure they do not contain sugar and bear the ADA seal.
9: Try a Tongue Scraper
It is important to clean your tongue along with your teeth because lots of bacteria make their home there. However, some people find brushing their tongues uncomfortable or even that it makes them gag. A tongue scraper is a handy little device that can effectively clean your tongue, and many find it more pleasant than using a toothbrush.
10: Consider Specialty Toothbrushes
Most dentists recommend using a soft-bristled toothbrush. However, some patients find it difficult to use a traditional toothbrush for a variety of reasons. If that is the case, talk to us about specialty options. There are many toothbrush options for people of all ages with sensory issues. If you are having trouble holding and maneuvering your toothbrush due to dexterity or mobility problems, there are options for you too.
Ready to Boost Your Tooth Brushing Routine?
Making small changes can help you on your way to a healthier, more enjoyable oral care routine. So why not give one (or all) of these hacks a try? Your teeth and gums will thank you!
If you have any toothbrushing hacks that have helped you stick to your routine, share them with us at your next dental check-up!