Just as it is a fact that children are more susceptible to tooth decay older adults are at a higher risk for some other dental issues. The years of daily use and abuse will take a toll. The most common repercussion is gum disease and the only way to prevent it is to adopt a regimen of habits that will be beneficial to every aspect of your good oral health.

Because we ask so much of our teeth we have to take good care of them in return. Brushing and flossing are fundamental in order to remove harmful bacteria and avoid plaque buildup but there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about it. Your toothbrush for instance, should be stored in an upright position and open to the air so that it can dry thoroughly.

Bacteria thrives in a warm and moist environment. If you pack your travel toothbrush in a plastic tube, be sure to rinse it completely before your next brush. Clean the tube out with water and mouthwash. You might even want to consider keeping several unopened new brushes on hand for travel purposes, and overnight guests.

“Don’t brush where you flush.” The bacterial spray from a single flush of your toilet can travel further than you might think. Store your toothbrush at least six feet away and always put the toilet lid down before you flush.

You don’t have to look forward to flossing your teeth and you don’t have to enjoy doing it but if you want to do a thorough job of cleaning your gums and teeth you do have to floss at least once a day. While brushing is important too your toothbrush can’t reach deep in between your teeth like dental floss can. Ask your dental hygienist to give you some tips about how to make flossing easier.

Find out more about how to protect against dental disease at your next appointment with the professionals at Spokane Valley Dentistry. Call today @ 509-926-6261 in Spokane Valley WA.