How to Get Your Oral Health Back on Track
Oral care is an essential part of your health routine. Set yourself up for success by switching to a rechargeable toothbrush.
With so much uncertainty over the last year, it’s no surprise that many of our regular routines have been disrupted—or long forgotten. It’s definitely time to get back on track, starting with your health. Weekly meal planning and regular daily movement are great starting points, but if you haven’t factored in a solid oral care routine, you’re missing a key component. That’s because your oral health has a huge impact on your general health, says Jo-Anne Jones, 2021 Dentistry Today Continuing Education Leader.
Without a consistent oral health routine, you may be at risk for cavities, and potentially gum disease. Having a regular morning and evening routine lessens the chance that you forget to floss or skip a brushing.
Here are five simple steps that can help you get your oral health back on track:
1. Schedule a professional cleaning
When it comes to getting back into a healthy oral care routine, the best thing to do is schedule a professional cleaning to start fresh, says Jones. That fresh-clean feeling is a great motivator to want to maintain a healthy mouth and fresh breath. An appointment with a professional is also an important health check in. “Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is often silent until it is in the advanced stages. It’s vital to have a dental professional examine and evaluate your mouth on a regular basis for early warning signs,” she says.
There’s also a proven link between chronic inflammatory conditions such as gum disease and some of today’s most prevalent and deadly diseases, including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even Alzheimer’s. Research shows there’s a correlation between having chronic inflammation and the onset or severity of these diseases, says Jones. “[A dental appointment is] so much more than a cleaning!”
2. Brush with a rechargeable toothbrush
“In order to maintain that professional clean feeling on a day-to-day basis, a rechargeable toothbrush such as Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean is scientifically proven to remove up to 7x more plaque than a manual toothbrush,” says Jones.
With three cleaning modes (Clean, White and Gum Care) and three intensities, the Sonicare ProtectiveClean offers a professional clean feeling right from home, so you can feel confident about maintaining a good oral health routine—even between dental appointments.
Thanks to the power of Sonic technology, you’ll experience 62,000 brush movements per minute. That means a two-minute brushing with a Sonicare toothbrush is equivalent to one month of brushing with a manual toothbrush! Perhaps the most important benefit of using a rechargeable toothbrush is the superior ability in reducing inflammation, says Jones. “Knowing what we know about the link between oral and overall health, that reduction of inflammation in the mouth can be lifesaving,” she says.
3. Two is the magic number
A thorough brushing should take at least two minutes. The Sonicare ProtectiveClean is equipped with a QuadPacer that buzzes every 30 seconds to let you know when it’s time to move your brush to the next quadrant of your mouth. The SmarTimer will also tell you once you’ve brushed for the recommended two minutes.
4. Don’t forget your gums and tongue
Oral health is about more than just your teeth. The 45 degree angle of the Sonicare ProtectiveClean brush head overlaps onto the gum tissue so you’ll naturally get that cleaning as you brush your teeth. Plus, thanks to the Sonicare Pressure Sensor, you’ll get helpful reminders via a pulsing sound if you need to ease off on the pressure.
It’s also important to brush your tongue, which Jones says she does at every brushing. “Brushing the tongue is very important as a great majority of oral bacteria resides in this area and contributes to bad breath or oral malodour,” she says.
5. Floss before bed
Jones says her evening routine consists of flossing first, followed by a thorough brushing. “It’s always best to floss prior to brushing in order to loosen any debris between the teeth,” she says. “Many initial signs of gum disease will start between the teeth in these harder-to-reach places.”
However, effective flossing can be challenging for the majority of people, she notes, so keep in mind there are alternative options, such as Philips Sonicare AirFloss Pro.The Sonic technology of the Sonicare ProtectiveClean also aids in providing effective flossing as it pulses water between teeth and gums to break up and remove plaque. In fact, the Sonicare ProtectiveClean can remove 3x as much plaque along the gumline than a manual toothbrush.
“I have used a rechargeable toothbrush for over two decades and would never consider the use of a manual given the noticeable difference and the evidence supporting the increased effectiveness over a manual toothbrush,” says Jones.
Get back into a healthy routine and set yourself up for success with the Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean.