15 Dentists Share Dental Hygiene Tips Most People Don't Know

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Dentists: vote up the best tips everyone should know.

Taking care of your teeth can be frustratingly complicated, and it seems like there are lots of little secrets to dental health that aren't common knowledge. Luckily, these oral care tips come straight from the dentist's mouth. If you're looking for some advice from dentists, then this list may be for you!


  • 1
    9 VOTES

    Start Keeping Floss Around The House

    From Redditor u/triturator:

    Flossing is super important; we find far more cavities between teeth than anywhere else. I tell my patients who find it hard to start or keep flossing to buy several packs and just have them around the house. Watching TV? Hey, there’s floss on the side table here; time to mindlessly floss while watching TV.

  • 2
    7 VOTES

    Electric Brushes DO Make A Difference

    From Redditor u/Endless_Vanity:

    Brushing with an electric brush for five minutes is the equivalent of doing it manually for like 20 or more.

  • 3
    4 VOTES

    Get Your Teeth Cleaned Professionally

    From Redditor u/christyg25:

    Not a dentist, but my teeth are in near perfect condition. However, I didn’t have my routine teeth cleaning during COVID, and I had to have deep teeth cleaning. This is awful; you do not want this to happen to you. Just get your cleanings every six months, and floss... trust me. I brush my teeth each day twice, but also don’t forget to floss... make your teeth cleaning appointments and keep them.

  • 4
    3 VOTES

    Positioning Your Tongue Properly Can Help You Breath Better

    From Redditor u/1Dividend:

    My dentist once told me that my tongue posture was wrong and that I should rest my tongue on the root of my mouth. This made it easier for me to breath through my nose and it supposedly stabilizes your neck.

  • 5
    3 VOTES

    There Is Nothing Magical About Toothpaste

    From Redditor u/Visible-Ant1949:

    There is nothing magical about toothpaste. Fluoride and fresh breath are the two biggest advantages. Also, toothpastes that contain potassium nitrate are a great desensitizer for receded gums. Don’t waste your money on the fad toothpastes, currently activated charcoal… it does nothing and is too abrasive.

  • 6
    3 VOTES

    Don’t Rinse Your Mouth Immediately After Brushing

    From Redditor u/TheHalfDeadCat:

    Don’t rinse your mouth with water immediately after brushing. It washes off the fluoride protective coating.