Routine Maintenance of your teeth is important to keeping them healthy. This does not only include visiting your dentist for a cleaning every 6 months but daily care. Good oral hygiene habits can prevent serious dental problems that will require many dentist visits.
This article is written as a guide for good dental habits but does not replace a professional dentist opinion. Please consult with your dentist on the advice published in this article.
1. You should thoroughly twice a day, for at least two minutes. Make sure to brush each side of each tooth and the rest of your mouth including your tongue. Your dentist can provide you with a demonstration of how to do this effectively. You can consult with your dentist on the type of brush you should use as well as the times of day for most effective cleaning.
2. It’s okay to use a dry bristle before applying tooth paste. In certain cases, people like to limit their tooth paste consumption and use only the dry brush and rinse with water. The mechanics of brushing is what does most of the cleaning. You should discuss this with your dentists as well as the types of tooth paste you use.
3. Spend time moving the bristles at and below the gum line, where it is most important to clean. The toothpaste can go on after those two minutes, and you can have the advantage of fluoride, whitening, stain removal or whatever works better for you because it’s applied to a nice clean surface.
4. Using floss to clean the insides of your teeth is very important and should be practiced daily.
This cleans what your tooth brush cant’. Many people like to use floss picks for their cleaning.
5. Clean your tongue. Using a tongue scraper is important part of oral hygiene and will keep your breath smelling fresh and clean. It also can remove plaque on your tongue. You can use your toothbrush for tongue cleaning as well.
6. Use fluoride mouthwash. Fluoride mouthwashes help to strengthen tooth enamel. Young children under 12 should be taught good rinsing skills before using too much floride to limit their ingestion. Follow the directions on the bottle. This is usually best before bed-time.
7. Avoid continuous snacking. Snacking constantly can cause plaque to build up on your teeth, which can increase the risk of getting cavities.
8. Avoid sugary and/or sticky foods. Sugar feeds the bacteria in your mouth, which then excrete substances that break down tooth enamel.
Eat lots of vegetables, and drink water instead of soda or juice.
9. Remember that fruit juices are full of acids and natural sugars. Keep drinking these to a minimum or only drink them at meal-times, when the saliva is flowing most.
10. Try to chew less seeds. It may produce fissures in your molars.
11. Visit your dentist at least every six months and every time that you have a problem with your teeth. Schedule a professional cleaning with a registered dental hygienist. #Visit the dentist twice a year and Be an “informed health care consumer” and pay attention to what is going on. Ask your dental hygienist what your probings are at each visit! (They should be between 1 mm and 3 mm deep.)
12. Most important: Check with your dentist about all dental hygiene practices. It is surprising how many people are misinformed and do not communicate their practices with their dentist. Make sure you communicate with your dentist to learn proper techniques and best-practices for your teeth and gums. People often has different types of teeth and gum composition that require different types of care. Work with your dentists to learn what is best for you.