Your pearly whites are an important part of your healthcare. From childhood, we are taught to floss and brush our teeth every day. That’s because our teeth are important! In order to prevent oral diseases and tooth decay, you must incorporate oral hygiene into your daily routine in addition to visiting a dentist twice a year.
1. Brush Your Teeth
This one might seem obvious but it’s important to brush your teeth twice a day while flossing at least one. In addition to brushing your teeth, use mouthwash to go places that toothbrushes and floss can’t reach. If you have a tongue scraper, use it in order to get the most bacteria out. Using proper oral hygiene means fighting gum disease and tooth decay.
Keep in mind that you shouldn’t use the same toothbrush year around and should switch it out 3 to 4 times a year. According to mouthhealthy.org, the proper brushing technique is as follows:
Place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gums. Gently move the brush back and forth in short (tooth-wide) strokes. Brush the outer surfaces, the inner surfaces, and the chewing surfaces of the teeth. To clean the inside surfaces of the front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and make several up-and-down strokes. Remember you should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes!
2. Strengthen Your Tooth Enamel
Bacteria in your mouth break down simple sugars that can erode tooth enamel, which is the thin outer covering of the tooth. This covering around your teeth keeps them safe by protecting them from decay. It is important to do everything you can to prevent enamel erosion. You can increase the strength of your enamel by chewing sugar-free gum after meals, which helps clean your mouth. There is toothpaste that helps increase the strength of enamel through its ingredients, so be picky. Certain foods also increase the strength of enamel such as milk products, vegetables, fish with edible bones and more.
3. Visit a Dentist Biannually
Seeing a dentist is probably one of the most important things you can do for your teeth. If you have any pain or swelling in your mouth don’t hesitate to visit your local dentist office. Even if you have no symptoms it is important to visit the dentist for checkups and cleanings at least twice a year. Some can get away with fewer visits, but there are also those who have a higher risk of dental problems, such as smokers, pregnant women, and diabetics.
Because visiting a dentist is important, it’s advised that people get a dental plan if they don’t already. There are great plans out there that offer excellent coverage at a low cost. Have questions about what type of dental plan is right for you? Check out our article about the four most common types of dental plans.
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