Like many people, your current dental regimen focuses only on brushing your teeth and flossing occasionally. Actually, taking care of your mouth doesn’t always start with your teeth. Lifestyle habits, health conditions, and even heredity can all influence oral health. As you will soon see, there are countless simple things you can do to care for your mouth, teeth, and gums.
Do not forget to remove plaque from your teeth when flossing. You should place the floss at the bottom of the tooth and gently pull it so it scrapes the plaque off your tooth. Do this for each tooth before focusing on cleaning the space between your teeth with floss.
Brush ALL of your teeth, every single time. The act of brushing your teeth seems simple enough, so why do so many people do it incorrectly. A recent survey of dentists reveals that one of the most common mistakes people make is brushing only their front teeth. Don’t focus on brushing only the teeth that other people see. Your molars and other back teeth are equally important, so don’t neglect them!
To see if you are brushing your teeth well, or long enough, try using disclosing tablets or mouthwash. Before you start brushing, swish or chew the product. Any problem areas should appear on the tooth surface as a pink or blue stain. Do, however, keep in mind that you may need a lot of time to get rid of all of the stains. So be sure to only do this when you know that you will have plenty of time on your hands. This isn’t something you want to use if you are in a rush.
Are you baffled by expensive $75 toothbrushes? Many dentists believe that using a quality electric toothbrush on a regular basis is almost as good as a professional cleaning. They might not remove 100% of beneath-the-gums debris, they do offer strong cleaning power. Look for models that have multiple styles of heads, and make sure the warranty is good!
Visit your dentist regularly. Go twice a year so your dentist can inspect and clean your teeth regularly. Over time, you will end up saving much more.
If you know you won’t be able to brush your teeth after a meal, try and eat foods that can act as temporary substitutes. Things like apples and celery are good for you and will act as gentle abrasion tools as you chew, cleaning the surfaces and even reaching between teeth to remove particles of food.
Keep dental floss or toothpicks with you. There are times when you are away from home that you eat and possibly get food stuck between your teeth. If you have a toothpick or food with you, you can get this food out before it starts to cause any problems with your teeth.
If you are visiting your dentist for cosmetic reasons, always choose the less invasive treatments. For example is you are choosing between crowns and veneers, always opt for veneers. Veneers only require you to trim back a bit of your tooth, while crowns involve a lot more and are more damaging.
If you have a dentist phobia, you are not alone. One great way you can address this fear is to understand that technology has come a long way in recent years. These days, modern dentistry has literally made visiting your dentist painless. Make sure to tell yourself this often so as to make the entire visit easier.
A combination of regular dental visits and simple hygiene habits goes a long way in promoting good oral health. Do it for yourself, or do it for your dentist. Either way, you can be certain that your efforts will pay off in more ways than one. Now that’s something to smile about!