Follow these oral health tips to maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.
1. Brush twice a day, for at least minutes.
By brushing your teeth at least two times a day for two to four minutes each time, you'll be doing one of the many tasks that help you maintain good oral hygiene. You'll ideally do this in the morning and before bed. With your brush at a 45-degree angle, start a sweeping motion. Brush your upper teeth by sweeping downward, and your lower teeth by sweeping upward. Only brush back and forth on chewing surfaces.
2. Floss every night.
Floss your teeth every night before you brush them. Not only does this help remove debris; it will also minimize your risk of tooth decay and help to keep your gums healthy. Grab a piece of floss up to 18 inches long so you can use a fresh area of floss for every few teeth. Remember to rub the floss against the teeth in a motion that creates a forward or backward 'C' shape, wrapping the floss around each tooth.
3. Rinse with mouthwash daily.
Kill germs that can build up in your mouth by supplementing your oral hygiene routine with mouthwash. Since mouthwash gets into crevices that toothbrushes and floss aren't able to reach, it can help to eliminate debris that may irritate the gum line and lead to gum disease.
4. Brush or scrape your tongue every day.
Another element of good oral hygiene is making sure your tongue is free of bacteria. Brushing or scraping the tongue on a daily basis can help to eliminate bacteria and keep your breath fresh. Mae sure to use one toothbrush for brushing and one toothbrush for scraping your tongue.
5. Visit the dentist regularly.
Visit the dentist, at least twice a year, for a dental examination and cleaning. Dentists and hygienists have tools and techniques to clean your teeth far more thoroughly than you can at home. Regular exams also mean your dentist can find any issues that are developing sooner and offer treatment options to prevent them from getting worse.
6. Don’t delay dental treatments.
Many people have fears that prevent them from getting dental treatments, while others avoid treatments because they think that it will be too costly. The truth is, preventive check-ups and treatments do not cost much compared to extensive care of a dental crown or implant. Avoiding necessary treatments may impact your dental hygiene in a negative way and end up costing you more in the long run.
7. Make healthy food choices and minimize sugar.
The food you eat has an effect on your whole body, including your teeth. So be sure to eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and minimize your consumption of sugar which leads to cavities. Calcium and Vitamin D are necessary for maintaining the health of gums and teeth. You may take supplements, but it is better to drink milk, fortified orange juice, and to eat yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products. Vitamin B complex is also essential for the protection of gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding.
8. Limit pop, coffee, and alcohol.
Beverages containing additives such as corn syrup and food dye can make white teeth appear dull and discoloured. It is best to choose beverages such as milk, which helps to strengthen teeth and build stronger enamel, and water which hydrates your body.
9. Wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth.
If you play sports or other contact activities, it is recommended to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and gums from impact or injury. Most dental offices offer custom-made mouth guards for patients to comfortably fit their smiles and keep their teeth safe from damage.
10. Avoid habits that are harmful to your teeth.
Steer clear of tobacco and other substances that are harmful to your teeth, and try to break habits such as biting your nails or opening bottle caps with your teeth. If you have the habit of sucking your thumb, lip-biting, tongue-thrusting, or clenching your teeth, consult a dentist for treatment options.