For many individuals, their oral health is not as important as physical exercise or their mental health. But having good, clean teeth should be a bigger priority because your teeth and gums can affect the rest of your health.
There are many things a person can do to insure their dental health is the best it can be. You can learn more here and below.
Here are 10 essential tips you need to know when looking after your dental health.
Brushing your teeth should be done at the least twice a day, first thing in the morning and before you go to bed. A better option is to add brushing after meals. When you are finished eating, no matter what you have just eaten, food particles remain at the gums and between the teeth.
Without brushing away the food particles, you are setting up your teeth for cavities and your gums for a painful illness. At the very least, you should rinse your mouth out with warm water after eating to remove as much food as possible.
Some people will chew gum after eating to help remove leftover food and to freshen breath. This is a fine idea; however, you need to make sure the gum is sugar-free to not add to the possibility of cavities.
2. The Toothbrush
Using a small toothbrush will help get in between teeth, where plaque and bacteria like to set up residence. A soft toothbrush is better and safer for the gums.
A smaller head on your toothbrush helps you get to the back teeth, which is where brushing is needed the most. You can opt to use an electric toothbrush, but it is only slightly better than using a manual or regular toothbrush.
The amount of time you spend brushing your teeth at any given time is what is important. Most individuals do not spend enough time brushing their teeth.
You should aim for 2 to 3 minutes of good brushing time. This is for each time you brush. Microscopic germs can hide just under the gums and between your teeth. The more and longer you brush, the more likely these particles and germs are able to be dislodged.
4. Avoid Sugar
This is probably a harder thing to do than brushing for longer periods of time. However, if you stop consuming sugar, you will stop getting painful cavities. Your physical health will also improve.
Switch from sugary candies and gums to all natural fruits as snacks. If you crave something crunchy, reach for cherries and nuts instead of hard candies. Chewing natural foods help to create enzymes in the mouth and stomach that will break down foods and won’t hurt teeth like refined or processed foods with lots of sugar.
5. Avoid Tobacco
Smoking and tobacco products can stain teeth. Some stains are difficult to get out of the tooth because the stain is so deep within the tooth. Avoiding smoking is also good for your overall health. If you see how yellow and dirty your teeth get, imagine how dark and awful your lungs will look.
Smoking also strips the enamel from your teeth, that’s why the stains are easier to appear. And your breath is not as good or fresh with smoking.
6. Stop Drinking These Liquids
There is no nutritional value in sodas. They are full of chemicals and caffeine, which is bad for a number of your organs. The dark soda will also stain your teeth, so there is no real reason to consume soda.
Another liquid to avoid is dark wines. The coloring in grapes, as they are processed into wine, will stain your teeth in a short period of time.
Of course, if you enjoy wine, and drink it in limited quantities for health reasons, you can brush your teeth when you are finished drinking to avoid leaving the stain on your teeth.
7. Teeth are For Chewing
Try not to use your teeth for anything but chewing food. When you try to open a plastic package or a nut or some other hard-to-open item, you risk damage to your teeth.
Broken and missing teeth are painful and require a lot of work by a dentist to put them back to their original state and position.
Many individuals don’t like to floss because it may be painful or seems too complicated. But flossing between your teeth is important for a number of reasons.
Leaving food particles between teeth is harmful for your teeth and gums. Flossing can remove these pesky particles and then brushing your teeth after flossing carries them out of your mouth.
There are several advancements in flossing, including electric flossing with powerful shooting water. Another type of floss is the small “picks” with a ribbon instead of a string. These are gentler on the gums and can remove just as much food as the long strings.
Everyone wants a bright, white smile. However, using too much whitening toothpaste or gels can be harmful to your teeth. If you avoid what stains your teeth, and brush and floss regularly, you should not need more than the occasional whitening from the dentist.
Using toothpaste with fluoride in it can also help to keep your teeth white and strong. You don’t have to overdo it on the fluoride if your water has it added, as many city’s do.
10. Regular Checkups
The dentist will schedule you for a biyearly check-up which includes a deep cleaning. Besides checking your teeth and gums, a dentist can detect other illnesses that might begin in the mouth.
It is important to keep regular oral health care appointments at the dentist for your smile and your overall health. The dentist or his or her assistant will clean your teeth twice a year and this will help to keep stains away.
Take care of your teeth and you will not need to have false or fake teeth when you are older. They are uncomfortable and your original, real teeth are better for your mouth.