Your dental health affects the health of your whole body. Harmful bacteria in your mouth can lead to oral infections and eventually deteriorate your mouth’s natural protective mechanisms allowing the bacteria to enter your bloodstream.
The best way to avoid harming your health is to be aware of the basics of dental care and then consistently practice good oral hygiene. An added benefit is that you retain your bright and beautiful smile!
How To Take Care of Your Teeth and Gums
Dental care begins, of course, with proper brushing and flossing. You need to keep your teeth clean, as this is the number one way of preventing the bacteria from causing harm to your teeth.
First of all, slow down. Many people brush their teeth with great haste just to get it over with and end up not doing as thorough of a job as if they took care and did it properly.
Consistency is Key to Dental Hygiene
At a minimum make sure to brush your teeth twice each day, preferably after meals so that you remove any remaining bits of food before they have a chance to start creating bacteria.
Make sure and use a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid overly aggressive rubbing against your gums. The brush shape should feel comfortable for you so you can brush the hard to reach areas.
If you have difficulties due to arthritis or any other problem that prevents you from brushing properly you might consider a battery-operated toothbrush or electric toothbrush that will help you more effectively brush your teeth.
Tooth Brushing Tips – Take your Time and Do it Right
When you are brushing make sure to use gentle back-and-forth motions while holding the toothbrush at a slight angle to your teeth. Make sure to also brush your gums but don’t scrub the gums’ surface too aggressively as this can do more harm than good and cause gum irritation.
Brush all along the inside surfaces of your teeth as well as the outside surfaces, and also the chewing surfaces. In other words, brush your teeth completely and thoroughly.
When you are done brushing your teeth make sure to clean your toothbrush and then store it in an upright position so it can dry quickly. The toothbrush should not be stored in a closed container or covered in any way as that only helps bacteria grow and should be avoided.
After about two months (or even less time) you should inspect your toothbrush and see if the bristles are beginning to fray or other signs of wear and tear. Don’t wait too long to replace your old toothbrush with a brand new one.
Flossing is as Important as Brushing for Good Dental Hygiene
A toothbrush cannot reach all of the areas of your teeth that need cleaning so you also need to use dental floss every time you brush. There are tight spaces between your teeth as well as beneath your gum line where harmful bacteria can take hold and do damage to your teeth. These areas need to be cleaned with dental floss.
To floss properly first secure about a foot and a half of the dental floss by winding each end around the middle finger of each hand with just about one inch of floss remaining stretched between your two fingers.
Removing Harmful Plaque with Dental Floss
Using your forefingers as well as your thumbs rub the dental floss between the top of each tooth to your gum line to scrape away the plaque that contains the harmful bacteria. As you proceed from one tooth to the next make sure to unwind the dental floss a bit so you are using new floss for each tooth.
A dental floss holder may make this process easier if you are having a hard time using regular floss. Once you have brushed and flossed, then rinse your mouth with an antimicrobial mouth rinse.
Regular Dental Visits are Important for Teeth Cleanings and Check-Ups
See your dentist on a regular basis to make sure no cavities are forming, and no other dental problems are occurring such as gum disease. At a minimum you should visit your dentist twice a year though you may want to get your teeth cleaned more often, particularly if you have experienced dental problems in the past.
Pay attention to your mouth including any sensitivity that may develop in your teeth or gums, persistent bad breath (halitosis) or other unusual symptoms that may be a sign of problems. The sooner those problems are addressed the easier it will be to deal with.
If a cavity is caught in its earliest stages it will be much easier to repair the damage done than if significant harm is allowed to occur. If you let the cavity progress and don’t take care of it quickly then it may possibly result in a root canal or even losing the whole tooth.
When it comes to dental hygiene and good oral health, early detection of problems is the key to life-long healthy teeth and gums.
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