Have you seen commercials featuring toothbrushes loaded with perfectly placed paste?
We love minty mouthwash and the fresh feeling paste provides. And we use way too much toothpaste. We just can't get enough minty freshness. But it’s not that good for us.
The best way to sack plaque and prevent build-up is to practice a proper oral hygiene routine. Make sure you’re doing so with the right amounts:
- Toothpaste: Too much toothpaste can damage your enamel. Apply a pea-sized amount to your toothbrush before brushing.
- Mouthwash: One study found people who used antibacterial mouthwash more than 3 times a day had an increased risk for mouth and throat cancers. Overuse can also dry your mouth out, upping your odds of bad breath. Rinse your mouth no more than twice a day for 30 seconds.
- Floss: This ones tricky. Floss at least once a day using around 18 inches of floss. For most of us, that's about the length between the tips of our fingers and our elbows.
Take it easy and use dental items as directed for a healthy smile!