Sure, you smile all the time, but have you taken a close look at that smile lately? Are your teeth sparkly white or not so much? You’re probably (I hope) brushing morning and night, but there’s more to at-home teeth cleaning than just that. Given that it’s National Smile Month, it’s the perfect time to get real about your at-home teeth care regimen and your overall oral health.
So, how often should we be brushing? According to the American Dental Association, we should be brushing at least twice per day to remove the film that naturally develops. Dr. Maged Malecki, DMD, owner of Boston Dental in MA, urges that in addition to brushing twice per day, we floss once per day, gently hugging the teeth and going a bit below the gum line with the floss. He also recommends we visit the dentist at least twice a year for professional cleaning.
Now, let’s get to the fun part. What should we be using to clean our teeth? I’ve been brushing, flossing and swishing like a madwoman to prep for this story, and here are my favorites.