Just as our team at Orlando Periodontics & Implants has to take precautions against oral infection in the office, there are things you can do at home to lessen the likelihood of oral disease. Beyond the ground rules of brushing and flossing, here are some tips to consider implementing:
Wash Your Hands: When you were little, your mom and teachers probably reminded you to wash your hands frequently. Since your hands are one of the most common means of transportation for germs which can then have direct or indirect contact with your mouth, it’s very helpful to wash your hands often.
Use Mouthwash: Rinse out your mouth with mouthwash after brushing your teeth. This will help eliminate further bacteria in the mouth.
Clean Dental Devices: If you have a night guard, retainer, dentures or another removable dental apparatus, rinse it with cool water after each use and brush it with toothpaste for a deeper clean.
Keep Your Toilet Lid Closed While Flushing: When you flush the toilet, microscopic droplets of water from your toilet can spray up to eight feet above the toilet – even landing on your toothbrush. What’s the solution? Close the toilet while you flush.
Replace Your Toothbrush: It’s important to change out your toothbrush every three or four months. If you have chronic gum disease, make that every four to six weeks instead.
Do you have further queries about preventing infection in your home? If so, you can contact our office in Orlando, Florida at 407-277-3300 or talk to Dr. Michael H. Connor at your next dental appointment.