Healthy teeth & gums require care of a lifetime. Daily care should be focused on maintaining healthy teeth and prevent problems. This involves using the right oral care products and right products.
1. Brush properly: The way you brush is important poor brushing of teeth is as bad as not brushing at all. Always use a soft bristle brush. Teeth should always be brushed gently and in a circular motion to remove plaque. Unremoved plaque can cause tooth decay and harden, causing calculus buildup and early gum disease.
2. Don’t neglect your tongue: Plaque also builds upon the tongue which can lead to bad mouth odour and other oral health problems. Your toothbrush can be used to gently brush your tongue.
3. Use fluoride toothpaste: Always use a fluoridated toothpaste. Certain toothpastes have a remineralization formula that can reverse early tooth damage. It works by fighting germs that can lead to decay, as well as providing a protective barrier for your teeth. These points are more important than the whitening power and flavors of the paste. No matter which version you choose, make sure it contains fluoride.
4. Treat flossing as important as brushing: Flossing is equally important as brushing. It really helps to, prevent tooth decay, stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and help lower inflammation in the area. Regular flossing can help reduce bad breath and improved oral health. Flossing once a day is usually enough. Floss gently and do not force or snap it between teeth. You can use waxed ones for easier use. Ready-to-use dental flossers can help you initially.
5. Use mouthwash regularly: Mouthwash helps us in three ways:
It reduces the amount of acid in the mouth thus preventing tooth decay, it reaches the area where your toothbrush and floss won’t go and re-mineralize the teeth. They are particularly are useful in old patients or those who find it difficult to brush owing to health challenges. Ask your dentist for specific mouthwash recommendations.
6. .Drink more water: We all have heard water is good for your skin but it’s also great for your oral health. Drinking water after each meal is essential. This can help wash out some sticky and acidic foods and beverages in between brushes.
7. Eat crunchy fruits and vegetables: Eating fresh, crunchy vegetables help remove plaque due to scrubbing action. So try to avoid the overly mushy processed stuff, stop cutting things into tiny pieces, and get those teeth working.
8. Limit sugary and acidic foods: Sugary and acidic foods erode the enamel of your teeth leading to cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffee can also wear down tooth enamel. Limiting intake can help achieve optimal health.
9. See your dentist at least twice a year: It is essential to visit your dentist regularly who can assess early damage to teeth and gums can spot potential issues and offer treatment solutions. At a minimum, you should see your dentist for cleanings and checkups twice a year.