My Weekday Morning Hygiene Routine…
It is an unfortunate fact that dentists and dental office employees have about the same dental hygiene habits as the general population. You would think we would all be heroes with a toothbrush, but the statistics just don’t show that. We brush and floss about the same as everyone else. And we should know better!
As for me, I’d say I fall somewhere in the middle. During the week, I’m not just a hero, but a bonafide superhero with toothbrush, floss, mouth rinse, tongue scraper, breath sprays, and various other hygiene gadgets. I’m deathly afraid of having bad breath, brown teeth, and/or gum disease in our dental office. On the weekends, though, I’ll admit to slacking off a bit. I’m more of a Clark Kent flosser than a Superman flosser from Friday to Sunday.
We all have our imperfections.
So what is my dentist-level weekday morning hygiene routine?
After my second cup of coffee, I rinse well with tap water. I then use a Sonicare toothbrush and brush with a less abrasive fluoride toothpaste for two minutes. Then comes the floss. I really like the yarn kind that is flavored like mint or cinnamon. It seems to get more stuff out and the floss tastes and smells nice. After getting in-between all my teeth (both sides on each pass), I rinse with a fluoride rinse. Act Bubblegum is my current favorite. Then comes another couple of minutes with the Sonicare and a slightly more aggressive stain removing, fluoride toothpaste. I will generally finish it all off with another fluoride rinse and a couple sprays of Binaca.
Throughout the day, I’ll use mints, breath spray, prescription anti-biotic mouth rinse, water pick, and more brushing to try and keep my breath minty fresh. When you are right in people’s face all day, it’s a common courtesy to try and have fresh breath.
Obviously, not everyone has a job where they can spend 10-15 minutes a day focused on cleaning their teeth. For most, two minutes of brushing and two minutes of flossing twice a day will do wonders. A fluoride mouth rinse will also help prevent cavities. For others like me who are prone to gum disease, a little more work helps to keep the gum disease at bay.
At least on weekdays!
Until next week, keep smiling.
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