We have to take care of our teeth. It is drilled into us from our very first visit to the dentist’s office. Lack of proper dental hygiene can lead to many unpleasant side effects. These can be anything from bad breath to severe tooth decay and cavities. Poor dental hygiene leads to an uncomfortable experience for both you and the people you talk to! In order to avoid this, there are some things that you can do – here are some tips to help you to take better care of your teeth.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day. There is still some debate over how often and when you should brush your teeth, but most dentists will tell you to brush after breakfast and before you go to bed. If you have time to brush after lunch as well, that is great!
How you brush your teeth can be just as important as how often you brush your teeth. Get a good toothbrush with strong bristles and make sure that you give your teeth a good, strong brushing. Focus on brushing your gums as well – it is actually more important that you brush your gums than your teeth. Go easy on the toothpaste, as it is your brush that does the work, not your toothpaste. Don’t forget to brush the inside of your teeth with the same careful technique as you do for the outsides.
You can be as vigilant as you like, but there are some things that still can’t be reached by a regular toothbrush. This is why it is so important that you floss every day. Flossing will remove stubborn pieces of food that can cause plaque buildup.
Use an alcohol free, fluoride mouthwash to supplement your tooth brushing. However it is important to remember that mouthwash is never to be used as a substitute for brushing, only in addition.
There are certain foods that can increase tooth decay and should therefore be avoided. These include sugar, soda, tea, coffee, juice among others. Instead, eat more food with tooth-strengthening calcium, such as cheese or milk.
Go to the Dentist
You should be having a dentist checkup every six months to one year. If you are experiencing any sort of discomfort or bleeding in your mouth, schedule an appointment immediately. Bad breath can also be an indication of a dental problem, so get checked out for that as well.
There are hundreds of reasons why smoking is bad for you, but one of these is the effect that it can have on breaking down your teeth. It is simple: stay away from those cigarettes and save your teeth!
Tali is a writer for AspiringNurse.com. Healthy teeth is almost a requirement when you are working in the medical field or as a pediatric nurse practitioner. Learn to take care of your teeth, and you’ll be happier for it!