It’s the sad truth that people don’t enjoy going to the dentist. It can be a scary and painful experience. Here are some tips on home oral care that will help your next visit to the Katy dentist less harrowing.

1.    Set a timer for brushing your teeth

Make sure you set aside enough time each morning to brush your teeth properly. Twice a day, for at least two minutes at a time, you need to focus on brushing those pearly whites. This will help reduce the cavity causing bacteria in your mouth, and keep your teeth healthy.

2.    You don’t need to strong arm it

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If you’re scrubbing your teeth like a madman, you’re hurting your enamel. Dentists recommend holding the brush at a 45-degree angle and using circular motions. Hammering back and forth against your teeth can cause your gums to recede. If you find it difficult to break this bad habit, you can buy a soft brush toothbrush to help.

3.    Change your toothbrush every 3 months

Not only will frayed bristles be less effective against tartar, but old toothbrushes can also be the home of harmful bacteria. It can cause gingivitis and gum disease. If you’re unsure how old your toothbrush is, a good way to keep track is buying a new brush each time you buy a new tube of toothpaste.

4.    Floss

Every dentist will tell you that brushing alone won’t keep your teeth in tip-top shape. It’s recommended that you floss before you brush. The plaque between your teeth will loosen and you can brush it all away.

5.    Chew gum

Not everyone has time to brush between every meal. Chewing a sugar-free gum can help fend off cavities. The gum will help your mouth produce antibacterial saliva that will demolish the bacteria in your mouth between brushing.