5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Improve Your Dental Health

It's not difficult to start improving your dental health right now.  Often times we forget simple daily habits we can make that greatly improve your next checkup.  Dental health translates to overall health, so maintaining a healthy mouth isn't just about looking good in selfies.  High blood pressure, migraines, compromised immune system and even anxiety can be exacerbated by poor dental health.  Here's 5 things you can do now to improve your dental health:

1. Replace your toothbrush
Dentists recommend you replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Your teeth may look clean, but a frayed, old toothbrush is not doing its job and could be doing damage to your gums.

2. You're Not Brushing Long Enough
The average person spends only 45 seconds brushing their teeth. Dentists recommend you brush for a full two minutes. If you're rushing through brushing too, try setting a timer or letting a song play on the radio.

3. Brushing Too Hard
You probably don't realize you're likely brushing much too hard. This is bad for gums and over time can wear down tissue. Gentle brushing is all you need to remove food particles.

4. Wait after eating before brushing
If you feel the need to clean your teeth after eating or drinking, dentists recommend waiting at least 60 minutes before brushing, especially if you had acidic foods like coffee, lemons, grapefruit or soda. 

5. Storing Your Brush Properly
When you’re done brushing, keep your toothbrush upright and let it air dry in the open to avoid allowing germs the opportunity to grow.