Even though brushing your teeth is a regular part of your daily routine, it can still be hard to know if you’re doing everything you should when it comes to oral care. Here are 5 easy ways to keep your mouth healthy:

1. Use proper brushing technique

The first step to keeping your teeth healthy? Brush up (pun intended) on the correct brushing technique. It may seem obvious, but you’d be surprised by the things you’ve forgotten to do over the years, like brushing for the full two minutes (no cheating) and remembering to keep the brush at a 45-degree angle to your gums.

2. Don’t skip steps

Taking good care of your teeth can take a long time. While it might be tempting to skip steps, you’ll be setting yourself up for a dental disaster. Be sure to make time to always brush and floss—your future self will thank you for it.

3. Use the right tools

In an aisle full of toothbrushes that all look the same, picking out a new brush can be overwhelming to say the least. How do you know you’re making the right decision? Do some research (or better yet, consult your dentist) about the best tools to use so you can stop guessing.

4. Consider your own unique needs

No two mouths are alike, which means your oral care routine also needs to be custom to you. There are tons of factors that can contribute to differences in your mouth care routine, like genetics, your diet, and the structure of your teeth. Make sure you take your personal needs into account when you’re caring for your mouth.

5. Ask your dentist for feedback

Still not feeling confident that you’re doing everything right? Ask your dentist! Your dentist is a great resource for answers to your questions about where you can improve your technique or if you should try a new product. No one knows your teeth better than your dentist—not even you. 

Oral care can be tricky, and failing to do it correctly can lead to long term consequences (with a hefty price tag). Take the time to reevaluate your oral care routine so you can keep your pearly whites in perfect condition.