Reenergize Your Oral Health Care Routine

Posted on October 10, 2016 in General oral health

Woman sitting in chair and text messagingLooking to reenergize your oral health routine? Try something new for your smile. An easy change, like testing out a new toothpaste flavor, will help you get a fresh start on good oral health habits:

  • Switch from a manual to an electric toothbrush. Simply changing the type of toothbrush you use may help reenergize your oral health care routine. While both types can be equally effective, electric toothbrushes may be helpful in brushing hard-to-reach spots for people with arthritis or disabilities. Manual or electric, it's always important to brush your teeth twice a day.
  • Try a new toothpaste. Kids aren't the only ones who get to have fun with flavors. Off-the-wall varieties like vanilla ice cream or chocolate could make brushing more exciting. If you prefer mint, toothpastes with whitening and baking soda may give your smile an extra sparkle. Whatever toothpaste you choose, be sure the active ingredient list includes fluoride to effectively fight tooth decay.
  • Try a different type of floss. Everyone should floss at least once a day, but there are different ways to get the job done. Dental tape is extra-wide floss for people with a lot of bridgework or large spaces between teeth, and floss picks provide an easy-to-use design that you can hold with one hand. Like toothpaste, floss also comes in unique flavors like cupcake.
  • Find a new dentist. Maybe you've been putting off an appointment because you didn't “click” with your dentist. Delta Dental of Illinois makes it easy to find a new dentist in your area with our online Provider Search. Check with friends to see if they would recommend their dentists. You will likely save the most money by using a Delta Dental PPO dentist. Depending on your dental plan, you may need to visit a network dentist in order to use your benefits.