Dental care! How much do you think you know about it? You may say that you know just enough about it to keep your oral health in check. Well, that as may be, but there could be more to it than you already know.
It goes without saying that it is very important to lead a healthy life. Many of us spend a lot of time and effort to ensure that through a healthy diet and daily exercise. Unfortunately, research says that many of these individuals do not give importance to their dental health. According to analysis, 3 out of 4 people suffer from some form of periodontal or gum disease, because of which they may lose their teeth and face other serious illnesses, such as heart disease and breathing problems. A plan for good health and well-being must include proper oral hygiene and regular dental checks. Good oral hygiene begins with proper care at home. That’s why you often see experts in the dental care arena, such as The American Dental Association, recommending that you brush your teeth at least twice a day, especially right after you eat. Brushing and flossing can lead to a bright and healthy smile, sure, but good dental care is more than just toothpaste on a brush! Most people don’t know anything about maintaining good oral health beyond just brushing and flossing. In fact, some of us don’t even know how to floss and brush their teeth properly, thus resulting in counterproductive outcomes. So, here is a list of 5 tips for healthy teeth and gums.
1) Soft Toothbrush.
A soft bristle toothbrush brush with very soft and gentle circular motion cleans your teeth better and more effectively because it’s gum friendly.
How it’s best done? Place the toothbrush at a slight angle towards your gums and then start brushing using gentle stroke, keeping clear from your gum line to avoid inflaming it.
2) Don’t Forget Brushing Your Tongue.
Gently brushing your tongue helps rid you of the bacteria that cause bad breath. As simple as that, but is that all there is to it? Well, carry on reading.
3) Floss the right way
Flossing is a risky business and tricky. If not done properly, it may be counterproductive. get yourself around 18 inches of floss and winding it around around your middle fingers. Pull the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers. Is it done best by gently inserting the floss between the teeth and gently, very gently, move up and down. Flossing is an art, so try to be the Picasso of it.
4) Brush at least twice a day
Neglect brushing for some time and you are going to end up with yellow teeth. Yuck, everyone hates that.
As stated earlier, the American Dental Association recommends that people brush at least twice a day, especially after eating. That said, this advice shouldn’t be taken at face value and thus implemented regardless of what type of food you have just eaten. You shouldn’t brush immediately after eating; you should allow for some time, 30 minutes would be great, especially if you have something acidic like sauce, fish, certain dairy products, etc. The acidic components in food wears away your tooth enamel. So, by brushing immediately after you eat, you may be doing more harm than good.
5) See a dentist twice a year
Be it a family dentist or whoever dentist near you, just pay them two visits a year or more if need be. This way, if you develop some gum infection or dental problems, you can treat them early and avoid costly treatments, like temporary crowns.