You’d look nice on all the fashionable apparels and items you have in your closet, but one day they will get old, out of fashion or you stop liking and get new ones – that easy. But your dental; that’s not something you can do away with easily or bearably – you are stuck together for life. And when you take care of your teeth properly, their allure will beat whatever fashion item you will ever have. A smile from you can light up a room and hold attention better than your apparel.
That noted, let’s take a look at a few points that will help you prevent dental problems and retain your confidence-boosting, cheery smile forever.
- Brush Twice; In the Morning and At Night
The importance of brushing your teeth cannot be overemphasized. It is the No.1 dental care advice any dentist will give you about maintaining healthy teeth. To do it right, you have to brush twice daily with a toothbrush that has soft bristles.
On average, you should brush your teeth for about two minutes in the morning and night. At night; to remove food particles which harmful bacteria may feed on overnight; this to a great extent limits chances of gum disease and tooth decay. In the morning; to eliminate bacteria-enhancing plaque that builds up overnight, and to as well limit bad breath.
- Floss Daily
You brush in the morning and night – that’s cool. But sometimes. Brushing doesn’t just do it; no matter how thoroughly you try to brush, there is always a chance that you missed some build-up and food between the teeth and on the gum. Flossing will help you to reach and remove them easily.
- Don’t Overdo It
Brushing is not really part of those things that if you go the extra mile doing, you will get a plentiful reward. Brushing your teeth often, say 3-4 times daily or for about 4-5 minutes each morning and night might wear down the enamel of your teeth. When this happens, you risk exposing your teeth to decay, sore gum, bacteria, etc.
So does brushing too hard; it just doesn’t work that way.
- Eat Healthily
What does eating healthy have to do with your teeth? Well, let’s put it this way; anything you put in your mouth will make contact with your teeth. In this case, our focus is on sugar; if you want to maintain healthy teeth, you will need to avoid foods such as candies and soda, with high sugar content.
If you must indulge yourself, do it sparingly. Nevertheless, we advise you avoid all sodas and chewy and sticky candies. The acid and bacteria in sugar are quite aggressive in breaking down enamel leading to tooth damage. And when you allow them to linger, by dwelling over a bottle of soda or chewing candies, you double the intensity.
For a healthy boost, eat whole foods such as nuts grains, fruits, dairy products, and vegetables; these will provide your teeth with all the nutrients they need.
- Use Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride helps in combating germs in the mouth and strengthening the enamel. If you are using a non-fluoride toothpaste for no reason, then you are missing out on the extra protection you can give your teeth? Already, many kinds of toothpaste you will find in the dental care of your local supermarket contain fluoride. Grab one, or ask your dentist for a recommendation. Note that white spots might appear on your teeth if you use too much fluoride.
- Coffee Drinker? Monitor Your Routine
Generally, you are not meant to brush your teeth immediately after consuming anything that is acidic, as this will weaken your tooth’s enamel. Coffee packs it heavy on the acidic side; you should give it at least half an hour to wear off before brushing. Otherwise, you might be a catalyst to your teeth decay.