Dental Hygiene: Is It Too Messy For You?

If you’re the type of person who likes experiences to be neat and the idea of getting sticky and dirty is absolutely distressing to you, then a less-than-organized dental hygiene session might drive you a little bit crazy. However, since there’s toothpaste and saliva involved, there’s spitting into the sink, placing your fingers in your mouth, and more, you may not see a way around the mess. Good news, however! Our Livonia, MI team can actually help you sort out the details of your brushing and flossing sessions for an easier (and cleaner) time!

Rinse Your Hands Between Steps

We encourage you to remember that if you find dental hygiene to be less tidy than you’d like, there’s an easy way to avoid the mess and to instead, feel like you’ve got a handle on things as you’re brushing and flossing. Just rinse your hands between steps. Dry them off. Then, you won’t feel like you’re touching your drawer handles with sticky, saliva-coated fingertips! Ew! Sometimes, it’s the simplest of choices that can make the greatest impact.

Keep A Towel Next To You

As you’re brushing and flossing to prevent cavities and more, you may find that you end up with a bit of a mess on your hands … literally! Whether or not you decide that you’re going to rinse your hands as you go, do make sure you have paper towels or a towel nearby. That way, you are never walking around searching for somewhere to wipe your hands without being able to find something!

Take Your Time

One of the reasons we suggest patients don’t rush through their brushing or flossing is because it can lead to missed plaque and can end up becoming too aggressive (which can damage your oral health). Did you know that rushing through dental hygiene can also cause things to become messier? Do yourself a favor with this part of your smile care and simply take your time. That way, you’re not dropping blobs of toothpaste onto your shirt or dealing with any other mess that needs extra cleanup! Keep in mind that your brushing should take about two minutes to complete (and your flossing as long as you require).

Ask Us About Improving Your Dental Hygiene

Take our advice on board when you’re looking for help with improving your dental hygiene. Remember that our team is here not only to provide you with the treatments you require but also to offer guidance! James Stewart, DDS, and our team serve patients from Livonia, MI and the surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (734) 425-4400.