Fitting Oral Hygiene Into Your Normal Day

Father and son practicing good dental health habits

It’s not always easy to make oral hygiene a daily priority.

It’s always been recommended that you should be brushing your teeth three times a day, which — unless you’re comfortable bringing a toothbrush, toothpaste and a good mouthwash to work with you — is sometimes easier said than done. After breakfast before you start your day and again before bed is a little easier to work into your normal schedule, but are there a few basic ways to keep your mouth happy and health when life take you on the go? Absolutely! Here are a few simple tips for daily oral hygiene to keep your teeth sparkling and breath at its freshest throughout even the busiest workday.

Start the Day Off Right

Although it may seem basic, starting your morning off with a solid mouth-cleaning routine is the very best kick-off to keeping your smile bright and health from the get-go. Brushing your teeth, flossing, and gargling — preferably after you’ve eaten breakfast — is the healthiest habit to keep for every day of the week. Aside from fending off gum and tooth-related disease, you’ll feel better about your smile and will find it easier to keep a habit of good oral hygiene up regularly.

Your “On the Go” Kit

Batman doesn’t go anywhere without his utility belt and neither should you! Keep a few carefully-picked items on you when you venture out, whether in your purse, briefcase, or backpack — you can always leave the bundle in your desk or locker, if possible. Toothpicks are a good start, as leftover food particles can add to bad breath, along with a travel-size mouthwash or dental strips. Many dentist-approved brands manufacture “wisps,” which are an acceptable substitute for afternoon brushing, since they don’t require water and combine the necessary oral hygiene care of toothpaste and the benefits of flossing all rolled into one. In the middle of the wisp’s bristles are small beads that releases teeth-cleaning fluid while you “brush,” maintaining your protection against cavities and gum disease.

Avoid the Wrong Foods

Whether for lunch or a midday snack, it’s sometimes easy to forget the basics of good oral hygiene when choosing your food and drinks. However, anything you’re putting into your mouth is going to have a major effect on your smile and health. Avoid sticky beverages and snack foods loaded with sugar, particularly the ones that seem to coat your teeth and tongue after eating. If you’re really craving that soda, also try using a straw, which helps the sugary content bypass your teeth!

For A Healthier Smile, Choose Affinity Dental

Do you need assistance managing your dental health? We can help! Call Affinity Dental today. Our team of experienced and professional dentists have the technology and skill necessary to make teeth whitening and oral surgery quick and painless. Affinity Dental is dedicated to providing Maryland with the best dental service and oral surgery

practices in the state. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. We’re trained and equipped to tackle any dental problem you have, from routine cleaning to advanced oral surgery.

Contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website. Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!