Easy there, Cowboy! No need to giddy up on so much toothpaste. We brush our teeth so our mouths won’t taste like, well, the backside of a cowboy boot. We love minty mouthwash and the fresh feeling paste provides.
But in reality, it’s not about the flavor of dental products you use—it’s the amount that matters.
Plaque is not easily visible, but constantly finds its way to your mouth. The best way to sack plaque and prevent build-up is to practice a proper oral hygiene routine. Make sure you’re doing so with the right amounts:
- Toothpaste: Too much toothpaste can be damaging to your enamel. Apply a pea-sized amount to your toothbrush before brushing.
- Mouthwash: One study found people who used antibacterial mouthwash more than 3 times a day had an increased risk for mouth and throat cancers. Overuse can also dry your mouth out, upping your odds of bad breath. Rinse your mouth no more than twice a day for 30 seconds.
- Floss: No one likes a floss waster! Floss at least once a day using around 18 inches of floss.
The recommendations are there for a reason. Take it easy, cowboy, and use dental items as directed!