Do you know that brushing your teeth every morning and night does not guarantee you are giving your mouth the care it deserves? Let us run through some basic tips to ensure that you are taking the best care of your dental health –
- PROPER BRUSHING: One of the easiest things to do is to keep your teeth clean. When brushing your teeth, position the bristles at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. Both the gum line and the tooth surface should be in contact with the bristles. Brush the outer surfaces and inner surfaces of the teeth using a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion, making sure it is done gently in order to avoid damaging the gum and teeth. Brush at least twice a day.
- FLOSSING: Flossing allows you to reach deep between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach. It must be done properly so that you can get to the dirt stuck between the teeth without damaging the gums and the teeth. We recommend flossing at least once a day before you go to bed at night.
- CLEANING YOUR TONGUE: Clean the surface of your tongue particularly on the rougher top surface of your tongue daily. Not cleaning the tongue can contribute to bad breath (halitosis) and negatively affect your life and career.
- TOOTHPASTE WITH FLUORIDE: Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride. Fluoride helps to harden the outer protective layer of the teeth (enamel) making it less susceptible to decay.
- MOUTHWASH: Mouthwash with fluoride acts is also a great adjunct to brushing and flossing helping to get rid of debris in your mouth that can cause gum disease. It can help maintain good breath as well as help maintain strong teeth.
- AVOID INTAKE OF SODAS, TOBACCO AND ALCOHOL: These cause dental hygiene problems such as tooth decay and gum disease. Beverages containing additives such as corn syrup and food dye can make pearly white teeth appear dull and discolored. Alcohol dries the mouth reducing salivary flow which may lead to decay (Saliva has a cleansing effect on the teeth while moistening them to prevent them from becoming brittle and breaking).
- INTAKE OF CALCIUM AND OTHER VITAMINS: Calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin B complex are necessary for maintaining the health of the teeth, while Vitamin C improves the health of the gums.
- DO NOT DELAY DENTAL TREATMENTS: Many people have fears that prevent them from getting timely dental treatments. Others avoid treatments thinking that they will cost an arm and a leg or some think that because they are not experiencing symptoms, dental checkups are not necessary. Preventive check-ups and treatments do not cost much when compared to extensive care like Root canal therapies, Crowns and implants.
- SEALANTS AND FLUORIDE: These are preventive applications that help to prevent cavities making it easier to clean the teeth and maintain good oral hygiene.
- VISIT YOUR DENTIST FOR CHECK UP: You should visit your dentist at least twice a year to have a full hygiene treatment performed. During your appointments, comprehensive examinations with the Bitewing X-rays are recommended to help detect and prevent problems from getting worse.
Conclusion: By following these dental hygiene tips, you can have healthy teeth and mouth for the rest of your life, enhancing the quality of your life.Call Choice Dental with your comments, questions or concerns: 0700DENTIST (0700 336 8478) or contact our mobile line 0811 133120