There’s an old saying that says you can’t put a price a smile. From hair and skin to clothes and shoes, one’s appearance is a constant trigger of snap judgments. One of the first impressions are made from a person’s smile. Studies prove that even the alignment of teeth is a parameter for assumptions regarding success, popularity, intelligence, and general health. Personal habits in oral hygiene can have long-lasting effects on your teeth and gums.

Most people know they should visit the dentist every six months for a routine teeth cleaning and check. However, few people realize that in reality they should be visiting their dentist twice as much. Every 90 days may seem like too often to make a trip to the dentist but few people realize after just three months, the bacteria we clean out of your mouth during a check-up — it’s all recolonized. Most people are faithful to have the oil changed every three months nevertheless feel like it’s a waste of time and money to have your teeth checked.

Brushing one’s teeth may seem like no big deal, on the contrary many people use incorrect tools and techniques to get the job done effectively. Advisors from the American Dental Association (ADA) suggest to think about the size of your mouth and make sure the brush is not too big and not too small but rather feels comfortable in your mouth and hand, then you’ll be more likely to use it often.

Choosing the right toothpaste is just as important as choosing the toothbrush. Studies prove that fluoride has shown significant results in preventing tooth decay. There are many choices of flavors and brands. Consult with your dentist for the toothpaste that is best for you and your family.   Many dentist do not recommend fluoride toothpaste for children. Large amounts of fluoride can be harmful when ingested. You best bet is to ask for a recommendation for your children, too.

Once you’ve found the right tools, make sure to brush at the minimum, twice a day, and for at least two minutes during each brushing session. Keep in mind that a toothbrush, no matter how well designed, cannot reach every part of your teeth and gums. Flossing before brushing will help to remove small pieces of food trapped in unreachable areas.

Storing your brush is important part of oral hygiene, too. Contrary to belief, the best place to store your toothbrush is out in the open air. The reason being, a moist environment such as a closed container is more conducive to the growth of microorganisms than the open air. The microorganisms are then transferred to your mouth. Furthermore, the ADA recommends that consumers replace toothbrushes approximately every 3–4 months or sooner if the bristles become frayed with use. And absolutely, under no circumstances, share your toothbrush with someone. Talk about cross contamination.

If you suffer from persistent bad breath, your body may be trying to tell you something. Bad breath, medically called halitosis, can result from poor dental health habits and may be a sign of other health problems, too. Bad breath can also be made worse by the types of foods you eat and other unhealthy lifestyle habits. Though a good, professional cleaning should be your first step, talk with your dentists if after following these oral hygiene tips, you continue to suffer with halitosis.

You will forever have your smile so keep it healthy and strong by practicing these oral hygiene tips. The results will out way your cost, making your smile one of your most valuable assets.