July 12, 2020

Brushing Up on Oral Hygiene

One of the fastest fading practices among young adults and younger generation is oral hygiene. For many, oral hygiene is linked to go to the dentist and paying large amounts of money for cleanings and treatments. Dental healthcare does not have to expensive, however and there are many ways to practice oral hygiene inside of the home.

Brush, brush, rinse

Good daily habits for oral hygiene begin in the home with both frequency and types of cleaning products. Doctors recommend a combination of brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash for a minimum of three times a day. For a deeper clean, consider using fluoride toothpaste as opposed to the popular whitening toothpaste. This if for two reasons. First, several brands of whitening toothpaste are actually harmful long-term to the enamel of teeth. Second, fluoride toothpaste kills the bad bacteria only inside of the mouth whereas whitening toothpaste contains chemicals that can the good bacteria as well.

Several people skips the step of flossing, which is the most crucial part of oral hygiene. Good floss will have wax on it to help remove stubborn food particles and clean more safely between teeth and gums. It is not necessarily important the style of floss that is used (whether that be string or toothpick floss), as long as it is done before brushing the teeth.

Finally, mouthwash can get rid of those pesky leftover bacteria and leave the mouth clean and refreshed. This is especially important if there is a greater amount of plaque and residue leftover after the flossing and brushing. Mouthwash should be antimicrobial. Whitening mouthwash is similar to whitening toothpaste in that it will kill good and bad bacterial. Antibacterial mouthwash targets only the bad.

Dental Care Outside the Home

Brushing, flossing, and mouthwash will only do so much when it comes to oral hygiene as there are just some things dentists must take care of themselves. While this may seem scary because of costs of dental care, it is essential for the longevity of oral health. Because of recent healthcare initiatives, insurance companies are now offering more cost-effective dental plans to add on to normal health plans. The DentalPlans reviews goes into detail about top insurance companies such as Allianz and CoverWallet that offer discounts for having both health insurance and dental plans.

Finding the right dental plan is much easier than shopping for normal insurance. The key is to check what nearby clinics or doctors are covered within the plan, and then contact the clinics/doctors directly to see if they also have their own annual discounts and plans available. According to dentalplans.com, buyers should take into consideration that dental visits are generally only twice a year. Dental plans will pay for themselves by the time of each visit. The client will also be very thankful when, instead of paying thousands of dollars for an emergency, they only pay a small deductible. DentalPlans reviews lists several companies who offer deductibles for as low as $10 to completely covered.