Not everyone fully understands the relationship between dental care and general health or why one has to take good care of their teeth to ensure optimum health and wellbeing. This post is all about dental care, most especially about the things that you can do to ensure your teeth stay strong, clean, and healthy.
To brush your front teeth, using a circular motion is deemed more effective than going in an up and down motion. Additionally, you need to angle the head of the toothbrush so that it forms a 45-degree angle in relation to the gum line. Make sure to brush each tooth. Use the same circular motion for the backside of both the upper and lower teeth. To brush the backside of the top and bottom front teeth, you may want to point the edge of the brush head towards the palate and move the brush in an up and down motion. Make sure to brush the tongue as well since many of the germs that are removed from the teeth and gums eventually end up on the tongue. Moreover, this is where most of your saliva sits while waiting for it to be cleaned.
Flossing is an integral aspect of dental care since there will always be particles on your teeth that cannot be physically removed by brushing alone. Flossing is especially effective for removing plaque, that thin layer of film that is produced by bacteria that can further solidify and turn into tartar over time. Get an 18-inch strip of your dental floss and wind the floss around the middle finger on both hands. Make sure to leave an inch of floss which you’ll use to scrape off debris and plaque from your teeth. Push the floss in between the teeth using your index fingers before moving the floss in an up and down motion.
Brushing and flossing only remove physical contaminants on the teeth and gums. These do not kill biological contaminants or germs. This is where an antibacterial mouthwash can help. Steer clear of alcohol-based mouth rinses as they can easily dry the oral mucosa. What you need is a mouthwash that contains an antiseptic or an antibacterial formulation. This will help in the elimination of bacteria that are the main culprits of bad breath, plaque, and early gum disease. You can also use a mouthwash that contains fluoride which can help strengthen your teeth while also preventing tooth decay.
Most of us love snacking on sweet and starchy foods. Instead of drinking water, we always reach for something sweet such as juices and sodas. Instead of eating healthy we’d rather go for candies, pies, cakes, and cookies. Unfortunately, these provide fuel for the germs that are already inside our mouths. We are actually helping them to grow and create plaque and tartar that damage the teeth. If you really want to take care of your teeth, then it is best to avoid these foods altogether. If not, at least find time to gargle or rinse your mouth immediately after consuming such foods. It is imperative to eat the right kinds of food and to avoid those that can lead to the deterioration of our teeth.
Don’t visit your dentist only when there’s a problem with your teeth. Make sure to pay him a visit once every 6 months. Your dentist is in the best position to evaluate the health status of your dentition. He is also the best person to tell you exactly what you need to do to keep your teeth healthy, clean, and strong. Your dentist is the friend you can rely on to give you a very clear picture of how your teeth are actually doing. Regular dental checkups allow you to stay ahead of the status of your teeth. You can institute corrective measures the moment a possible problem or issue is spotted by your dentist. This saves you from very costly dental treatments.
Dental care is all about maintaining the health of your teeth as well as the other structures in your mouth. Making sure you brush, floss, and rinse properly should keep it healthy. Regular dental checkups and avoiding certain foods also help.