The title draws you in, doesn’t it? Just one tool? How? Impossible! Tell me! Please?
I know, the suspense and intrigue is killing you.
(TL;DR – I use a water flosser. An oral irrigator. A stream of water for flossing. Don’t understand? Keep reading then!)
I’ve never had terrible teeth or anything, and I’ve typically brushed twice a day and flossed most days. A bit of mouth wash a few times a week when I remember…yeah I’m not perfect but I haven’t had a cavity in years and I feel pretty good about my mouth.
So why the change?
I noticed a bit of a crack in my tooth a little while ago and was examining it closely in the mirror. I started thinking about how panicked I would be if I had to get it pulled or if it was a big crack, or all of the other things it could be (turned out it was just a chip, so no big deal).
Anyways, I started thinking about ways to ensure I was always on top of my mouth’s cleanliness. It really hit me that you only have one set of teeth once you get your adult teeth and if you screw them up now, you could be in for a world of hurt in the future.
Pain, tons of money spent, and loads of time wasted would be your punishment later in life for not taking care of your teeth now. I didn’t want any of that and I wanted to make sure I took care of the only set I’m going to have until I die, so I started doing some research. I came up with a few things, but the one thing that has done the most for me is this:
I started using a water flosser in conjunction with my existing oral health routine.
So now my routine looks like this, and I definitely do it twice a day:
- Brush my teeth with a good toothbrush
- Brush my gums, tongue, and cheeks lightly
- Floss with dental floss (the string kind)
- Floss with my water flosser (so awesome, seriously. I read up about them here)
- Swish and gurgle with mouth wash (about a minute, not just a few seconds)
It’s pretty intense, but a small price to pay for years of good, worry-free teeth!
(If you’re wondering, I picked up the highly recommended Waterpik Ultra).