Tip 1: If flossing’s difficult, try a Waterpik to wash away food and bacteria from between your teeth. Water flossing reduces harmful bacteria that can lead to bleeding, gum disease, and whole-body inflammation.
Tip 2: Dry mouth, called xerostomia, can lead to aggressive cavities and discomfort. Try mints or gum containing xylitol, a natural sugar alternative that helps eliminate cavity-causing bacteria. Use-3-5 times daily.
Tip 3: An electric toothbrush may be easier if you struggle with arthritis. The oversized handle and automatic bristle action help improve cleaning with minimal effort. Models for under $75 may be found online or at many retailers.
Tip 4: If you’re forgetting your daily routine, set a recurring reminder in your phone to brush and floss (or water floss) before bedtime. Saliva production decreases up to 90% during sleep which may allow new cavities to form, so be sure to go to bed with clean teeth.