Taking care of your teeth for a lifetime is the key to achieving healthy teeth. Take the right steps every day to maintain and protect your teeth, even if you’ve been told you have nice teeth. Be mindful of your daily habits and get the right oral care products.
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15. Don’t Go to Bed Without Brushing Your Teeth
Brushing twice a day is generally recommended. Even so, there are still many of us who neglect brushing their teeth at night. However, brushing before bed eliminates germs and plaque accumulated throughout the day.
14. Brush Properly
It’s equally important how you brush your teeth – doing a poor job is almost as bad as not brushing at all. Plaque should be removed gently, with a circular motion of the toothbrush. Plaque left unremoved can harden, resulting in calculus buildup and early gum disease (gingivitis).
13. Switch to a Soft-bristled Brush
The bristles of your toothbrush should be replaced every two to three months (or sooner if they are frayed or worn), but if you’re using a hard brush, consider replacing it right away. Brushes with medium and firm bristles may feel cleaner, but over time they can damage your teeth.
Be careful not to brush too vigorously. Your teeth and gums won’t like it. Use a gentle amount of pressure and brush in a short, circular motion while tilting the brush at a 45-degree angle.
12. Don’t Neglect Your Tongue
Your tongue can also accumulate plaque? There are several oral health problems that can result from this, including bad mouth odour. While brushing your teeth, gently brush your tongue.
11. Use a Fluoride Toothpaste
Besides whitening power and flavor, there are more important factors to consider when choosing toothpaste. Make sure it contains fluoride, regardless of the version you choose.
Fluoride has come under scrutiny by those concerned about its impact on other areas of health, but it remains an essential part of oral hygiene. The reason for this is that fluoride plays an important role in preventing tooth decay. Besides providing a protective barrier for your teeth, it fights germs that can cause decay.
10. Treat Flossing as Important as Brushing
Flossing is often neglected by people who brush regularly. There’s more to flossing than just getting rid of food particles. Additionally, it stimulates the gums, reduces plaque, and lowers inflammation.
You can gain some health benefits from flossing once a day.
9. Don’t Let Flossing Difficulties Stop You
The process of flossing can be difficult for young children and older adults with arthritis, especially when they are in pain. Don’t give up on flossing, but look for tools that can assist you. A drugstore dental flosser that is ready-to-use can help.
8. Consider Mouthwash
Many people skip mouthwash because they don’t understand how it works, despite advertisements making them seem necessary for good oral health. There are three ways in which mouthwash can help:
- Acid in the mouth is reduced by it
- Gums and hard-to-brush areas are cleaned
- Remineralizes teeth
Especially for children and older people whose ability to brush and floss may not be ideal, mouthwashes are useful as tools to help bring things into balance.
Consult your dentist for specific mouthwash recommendations. Certain brands are best for children, and those with sensitive teeth. There are also prescription mouthwashes available.
7. Drink More Water
There is no doubt that water is the best beverage for your overall health, including your oral health. Additionally, drinking water after every meal helps wash out some of the harmful effects of foods and beverages that are sticky or acidic.
6. Eat Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
It is convenient to eat ready-to-eat foods, but your teeth may not benefit from them. As well as containing more fiber, fresh, crunchy produce is also better for your teeth. Avoid overly mushy processed foods, stop cutting things into tiny pieces, and get those jaws working!”
5. Limit Sugary and Acidic Foods
In the mouth, sugar converts to acid, which erodes the enamel of your teeth. Cavities are caused by these acids. Teeth enamel can also be worn down by acidic fruits, teas, and coffee. It doesn’t hurt to be mindful of such foods even though you don’t necessarily have to avoid them.
4. Wait Before You Brush
Do you enjoy a glass of orange juice in the morning? It’s best to wait a while before brushing afterward.
Acidic foods, which are foods with a low pH, temporarily soften the enamel of the teeth. Brushing immediately after flossing could remove some enamel, making your teeth more susceptible to decay over time,
If you have consumed citrus fruits, juices, tomatoes, soda, or wine, you should delay brushing. After drinking fruit juice or soda, people who waited 30 minutes to an hour to brush their teeth had less wear on their teeth than those who brushed right away.
3. Snap a Video Selfie
You could improve your technique by filming your toothbrushing sessions.
Making yourself record your brushing can help you become more aware of what you’re doing, plus you’ll probably perform better knowing that you’re being recorded. Once the footage is recorded, you can view it to see where you need to improve.
2. Wash Your Toothbrush Holder
Have you cleaned your toothbrush container recently?
Besides holding your brush, it also holds a lot of germs in your bathroom. According to a study by the National Sanitation Foundation, toothbrush holders are a breeding ground for germs.
Wash it once or twice a week with hot, soapy water, then wipe it down with a disinfecting wipe, according to the National Sanitation Foundation.
1. See Your Family Dentist at Least Twice a Year
Your own everyday habits are crucial to your overall oral health. Even the most diligent brushers and flossers need to see a dentist on a regular basis. At minimum, you should see your family dentist for cleanings and check-ups twice a year. Not only can a dentist remove calculus and look for cavities, but they will also be able to spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions.
Remember, you don’t have to take care of all your teeth, only the ones you want to keep!
How many ways do you take care of your teeth? Let us know in the comments below.
Disclaimer – This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about orthodontics and general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your orthodontist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.
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