So you want a pearly white smile without putting endless time and energy into your dental care routine each day? No problem! Oftentimes people think that optimal oral care is out of reach, but the truth is that it doesn't require much effort. The key is to care for your teeth in smarter ways, not necessarily more time-consuming or strenuous ones.

Floss On the Go

The American Dental Association recommends that you floss once per day, but it points out that the most important thing is that you do it. You don't have to floss for a full three minutes as you stand over your bathroom sink before going to bed. Floss any time of day, and be sure to do a thorough job of getting between teeth. That's what matters for healthy teeth and gums. So, if you need to floss while you are waiting for your kids to come down for breakfast or as you wait in the car during soccer practice, so be it.

Keep Dental Care Handy

Most people are more likely to do what's best for themselves if it's easy. So plan ahead to make dental care as easy on yourself as possible. Put extra toothbrushes, sample size bottles of mouthwash, rolls of floss, and sugar-free gum in your glove compartment, first aid kits, and purse. When you have extra time, you may actually be tempted to spend it doing something good for yourself if it's within easy reach.

Up the Fun Factor

You need to brush your teeth between two to three times per day, but what also matters is how long you're brushing your teeth. You should be brushing your teeth for at least two minutes at a time when you brush. To make the time pass faster and to be sure that you get in enough brushing time, you may opt to play a song while you brush. You don't have to make an entire dental playlist, but keeping in mind some songs that run just over two minutes can be helpful and take the guesswork out of timing this aspect of dental care.

Finally, keep in mind that you can continue to tweak your dental care routine to find things that work best for you. The most important aspect of dental care is sticking with good habits on a daily basis. Over time, that leads to optimal oral health, which can affect your overall health in a big way.

For more oral care ideas, talk to a professional like Cassity, Jessica DDS.