When it comes to oral health people tend to adopt the view that brushing their teeth is all they need to do to maximize the health and well-being of their mouth. When in fact there is much more to ensure your teeth and gums are as well looked after as they should be. To help keep you on the right track and to provide you with the best information possible to ensure you look after your oral health here is a simple guide that will leave you smiling proudly once again.
Brush your teeth, of course
Although it is an obvious one and something you no doubt do anyway the importance of brushing your teeth cannot be overstated. You should brush your teeth twice a day and ensure that you have brushed them properly. Doing a poor job of brushing your teeth will make your efforts redundant. Dedicate at least two minutes morning and night to teeth brushing. Brush your teeth gently and in circular motions to ensure that you remove all of the plaque and buildup that has gathered throughout the day. Oh and don’t forget to brush your tongue. Plaque can also build up on your tongue and failure to brush it could result in bad breath and other oral health complaints.
While the jury is out on the necessity of mouthwash for oral health it is safe to say that using a mouthwash will only be a benefit to your teeth and overall oral health. Mouthwash can help to reduce the amount of acid in your mouth, neutralize odors, and reach parts of the teeth that your brush may not.
Floss your teeth
Brushing your teeth in isolation is not enough to maximize the health of your mouth. Regardless of how sophisticated your toothbrush is. Flossing is essential for removing the small pieces of food that are stuck between your teeth, it will help to stimulate gums, lower inflammation, and reduce plaque. Flossing is simply too important to be overlooked.
Visiting your dentist should be a preventative measure and not just something you do when things have gone wrong or you’re in pain or discomfort. Dentists will be able to professionally clean your teeth in a way you cannot and they will be able to spot and treat potential problems before they can fester and worsen. This will ultimately keep your mouth in the best condition possible and save you money and discomfort. Remember the dentist is not the only dental appointment you should keep. Visit a periodontist to help prevent, diagnose and treat gum disease.
Limit sugar and acidic foods
Sugar and acid will erode the enamel of your teeth and lead to cavities which will need to be filled by your dentist at considerable time, discomfort, and expense to yourself. You do not need to avoid these foods completely but it is advised that you limit your intake of them to protect the enamel and health of your teeth and gums. An example of foods that contain lots of sugars and acids are sweets, sodas, acidic fruits, and bubble gums.