Our Novato Dentist Shares Information About Improving Your Afternoon Routine

Written by Dr. McConnell on Dec 26, 2023

Optimizing your oral hygiene routine extends beyond brushing your teeth every morning and evening. Refreshing your mouth throughout the day can help you achieve the brighter, cleaner smile you’re after. Keep reading to learn more from our Novato dentists 

After lunch…

When you have finished your midday meal, take a short break to clean your smile before you jump back into your regular routine. This can be as simple as flossing away dental debris and plaque and then rinsing your mouth with some water. Once you institute this routine you’ll notice that your mouth feels cleaner and your breath smells fresher, longer. 

Every hour…

Make a concerted effort to consume water regularly throughout the afternoon, in order to stay hydrated and promote saliva production. Many of us struggle to drink enough water—try setting a timer or reminder for water breaks, carrying a water bottle with you during the day, or drinking a sip of water every time that you get up to stretch your legs or use the bathroom.

Make a plan…

A little forethought and planning can make a big difference to your dental health over time. For example, when you are able to consume acidic and sugary beverages in short sittings, rather than continuously throughout the day, you help protect your smile from acid erosion and infection.

These are just a few of the ways that patients can take control of their smiles through preventive measures. Our Novato family dentists are here to help you with any additional information or support that you may need. Take steps toward your dream smile, today!