Getting a nice smile takes a lot of care. Even if you like the way, your teeth look you need to continue to take care of them. There are some oral care tips and products that can help you. They will help keep your teeth clean between checkups.
1. Brush Before Bed
Many people know they need to brush their teeth twice a day. Many people forget to brush before bed. Brushing before bed will help remove germs and plaque that has built up in the mouth during the day.
2. Brush Correctly
Brushing improperly is almost as bad as not brushing at all. Take your time and move the brush in a circular motion. If the plaque is not removed, it can harden and lead to conditions such as buildup and gingivitis.
3. Remember the Tongue
Plaque builds up on the tongue. This can lead to bad breath as well as many other health problems. Be sure to brush your tongue when you brush your teeth.
4. Use a Fluoride Toothpaste
There is a difference in toothpaste. There are some other things to look for besides whitening power and the flavor. Be sure whatever toothpaste you select has fluoride.
Some people are worried about fluoride and how it will impact the other health areas. It is good for oral health. It will help protect the teeth from decay. It will fight off the germs that lead to the decay and will help protect the teeth.
5. Flossing is Important
Many people brush their teeth, but they forget to floss. Flossing is very important. First of all, it gets the food out that has become stuck in the teeth. Flossing will help to stimulate the gums, reduce the amount of plaque in the mouth, and lower inflammation at the same time.
All you need to do is floss once a day.
6. Do Not Let Flossing Problems Stop You
Flossing troubles should not stop you from flossing. Flossing can be hard for children and older adults. Look for a tooth to assist in the process. There are some ready to use tools that can help with flossing.
7. Use Mouthwash
The advertisement makes mouthwash seem very important, but many people choose to skip this as well. Mouthwash helps in many ways. It can reduce the amount of acid that has built up in the mouth, it can reach hard to get to areas of the gums, and it will help add minerals to the teeth. Mouthwashes can help bring balance back to the mouth. Children and people with limited brushing ability should consider using mouthwash.
Be sure to ask the dentist for any recommendations. There are certain brands for specific needs such as people with sensitive teeth. There are also several mouthwash prescriptions.
8. Drink Water
Water is the best thing for overall health. Water should be consumed after every meal. This can help wash away from of the acids left behind from the foods.
9. Eat Healthy and Crunchy
While processed foods are easy for those on the go, they are not good for the teeth. Crunchy and fresh vegetables contain fibers and are good for the teeth. It is recommended that parents stop serving mushy foods to their children as soon as possible and stop cutting the food into too small of pieces. This will help get the jaw working and allow it to become strong.
10. Limit Sugars and Acidic Foods
Sugars turn into acids in the mouth and can erode the tooth enamel. This can lead to cavities. Acidic fruits including some teas and coffee also do the same thing. While you do not have to avoid sugar totally, it does not hurt to consume them in moderation.
11. Visit the Dentist
You should go to the dentist twice a year for checkups. The dentist will speak to you about your habits and make sure your teeth are in good conditions. Even people that brush and floss on a regular basis need to visit the dentist for a cleaning and a checkup twice a year.
The dentist can remove calculus and check the teeth for cavities. They will look for more serious issues and provide treatment right away.
These tricks for your mouth health were provided by the dentist, John Jarvis, at Cedar Ridge Dental. His business practice is listed here:
Maple Ridge Dentist – Cedar Ridge Dental
22195 Dewdney Trunk Rd, Maple Ridge, BC V2X 3H7