FIVE DENTAL CARE HABITS
Who doesn’t want strong teeth and a sparkling smile? Having a healthy mouth and a great smile isn’t a matter of luck; it is a matter of good oral hygiene. Many dental and medical problems, such as gum disease, heart disease, bone loss and infection can be prevented with good daily oral hygiene, regular dental check-ups, and a healthy lifestyle. Good dental health begins with you. By following these simple tips you can keep your mouth clean and healthy.
You brush your teeth at least twice a day, but do you follow the two-minute rule? Always make sure that you brush your teeth for two minutes. Brush gently, with special attention to the gum line to prevent acid buildup from the breakdown of food and bacteria.
Do not forget to brush your tongue after brushing your teeth and brush in just one direction. If you aren’t regularly cleaning your tongue after you brush your teeth, chances are you will never be able to rid of your bad breath. Change your toothbrush every three to four months.
Flossing is the next step that you should do in your daily teeth regimen. Because your toothbrush bristles cannot reach deep within your teeth, flossing can help you remove plaque and food particles in between and the sides of your teeth that brushing cannot. It is recommended flossing at least once a day. If you forgot to floss, eating hard, crunchy foods, like carrots and apples, can clean the teeth naturally.
Visit your dentist
It is important to keep your regular dentist appointments. Regular checkups will help identify and prevent future dental treatments from happening. You should be going for a dental checkup and exam every six months.
Smokers are more likely to develop periodontal complications and oral cancer than nonsmokers. In addition, to mask the smell of tobacco, you may tend to eat candies or drink coffee, which more likely you will develop tooth decay. Plus, smoking makes it more difficult for your gums to heal once they’ve been damaged.
Sugar alters into acid in your mouth, which then leads to cavities and erodes the enamel of your teeth. Plus, beverages contain additives such as food dye which can make your teeth appear dull and discolored. There are healthier options you can choose from, such as water, unsweetened tea, and fruit.