Having good oral hygiene is crucial if you want a great smile.
If you have poor dental hygiene, this can cause issues for you, not least because bad teeth don’t look nice. Poor oral health can lead to dental problems such as gum disease, yellow or stained teeth, infections and many more.
Of course, having your check ups and cleaning are important; in fact, they’re a must, but there are other things you can do in between these check-ups to help keep your teeth in tip-top condition.
Brush Your Teeth Correctly
This sounds easy but you would be amazed at just how many people don’t know how to clean their teeth properly.
If you get this right, it can make a big difference – right away. Brushing, at the very least twice daily will help to stop any acid from building up that can be caused by bacteria.
Sometimes either work or circumstances might stop you from doing this, an easy way to help combat this would be to drink water after you eat, which will quickly wash away any excess food that might be left on the teeth.
The correct way to brush your teeth is to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle next to the gum, ensuring the toothbrush is in contact with both the tooth surface and the gumline. Use both the up-to-down, and left-to-right motion, do this gently to prevent any bleeding from the gums. Make sure that you clean the inside of your teeth too, as this is where a lot of build-up of plaque and tartar can occur.
The final part of brushing your teeth involves brushing the roof of your mouth and your tongue too, both of which are vital to ensure that you have fresh breath and also that any bacteria which can build up in these places are dispelled.
Use Dental Floss
Regular dental flossing will remove food and any other substances that can get caught between the teeth; it does reach places that even the best of tooth brushing cannot reach, and mouthwash will not remove.
Yes, it is something extra to do, but it is definitely worth it and can seriously help to prevent tooth decay. At the very least, you need to do this once per day.
Make Time for Your Tongue
Not everyone knows this. However, it is necessary to clean your tongue every day. .
There are professional tongue cleaning tools which are available to help you get rid of the bacteria that can reside on the surface of your tongue; you can also buy a toothbrush which has a tongue cleaner on the back of the brush.
These bacteria can often become the root cause of bad breath.
Choose Your Drinks Carefully
Most people will know that Calcium is good for their bones, this includes the teeth!
Drinking milk or eating a yogurt is a great way to get your daily dose of calcium, you can also take a calcium supplement which gives you the same outcome.
Additionally, there is Vitamins B & D for your gums and teeth.
Not only will you really be helping out your teeth by not smoking, you will also be helping to prevent oral cancer.
There are so many different chemicals used in tobacco which can cause serious damage to your teeth. Then we have the coffees, sweets, and gum that is also used by many alongside tobacco to help get rid of the smell or taste too.
This will only increase the damage which is done to your teeth.
Regular Visits to Your Dentist
Act fast, if there is any sign of toothache or discomfort.
Leaving dental problems until they become emergencies can be very costly. Visiting the dentist at least twice every year as a minimum for a check-up and for cleaning will help with your overall dental hygiene and make sure any problems are caught quickly.
Don’t Forget the Mouthwash
There are so many different types of mouthwash, some are useful, whilst others are not. If a mouthwash has chlorine dioxide or Listerine as part of their ingredients, then this will help with the bacteria within your mouth, not to mentioned helping your breath smell wonderfully fresh! On its own, it cannot ever take the place of brushing or flossing.
However, if you use it as part of your oral hygiene routine, alongside flossing, brushing and visiting the dentist, it will be the icing on the cake.
The reason you are reading this article is because you care about your oral health, and most people understand that by taking care of your dental and oral health you will be helping to keep your mouth healthy. There are also other , more serious health problems which can occur if you had bad dental health. Some tooth problems can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and other infections, some of which can be extremely dangerous.
Having good oral hygiene can also help for woman who are pregnant too. Having a nicely aligned set of teeth is no longer just about looking good! Cracked or crooked teeth can also lead to gum disease, which in certain circumstances can cause tooth loss too.
So the message from the team here at Peninsula dental is to always do as much as you can for your oral hygiene and don’t wait until its too late! Even just by implementing these points slowly into your daily routine can help you and your oral health n the long term.