As you are probably aware, dental hygiene may have a significant influence on your general wellbeing. Gum disease, for example, has been associated with several health problems, including strokes, heart disease, premature labour, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. And that is why you should maintain proper dental hygiene. However, brushing, flossing, and regularly seeing your dentist may not be sufficient for your oral care. But, by following these easy measures, you may improve your oral hygiene—and overall health. And who wouldn’t be pleased with that?
Wait Before Brushing
Are you accustomed to beginning your mornings with orange juice? You’ll want to avoid brushing for a few minutes after that. Acidic meals and beverages temporarily weaken the surface of the teeth. So, if you quickly brush right after having something like that, you risk removing a little bit of the enamel, and thus increasing your teeth’ susceptibility to damage over time.
Therefore, the best action is to wait for brushing after having tomatoes, alcohol, citrus fruit juices, or soda. According to one research, those who waited half an hour to an hour before brushing their teeth after drinking fizzy drinks had less tooth wear than others who brushed earlier.
Use a Soft-Bristled Brush
While you probably know that you should replace your toothbrushes every couple of months (or earlier if the bristles are torn), consider changing it immediately if you’re using a hard toothbrush. While medium and hard-bristled toothbrushes may seem cleaner, they can be quite abrasive (and eventually harmful). So, apply moderate pressure while turning the brush 45 degrees toward the gum line and clean in a brief, circular motion.
Begin By Brushing Your Back
This beneficial practise may result in you cleaning those hard-to-reach areas more thoroughly, which is critical because the nooks and crannies of your molars make them more vulnerable to cavities and gum diseases. Hence, starting your brushing regimen in the back (at least occasionally) is an effective approach to give your back teeth the care they need.
Include Gum and Mouthwash
If you usually floss and brush twice a day, you may believe that is sufficient. However, following an antibiotic mouthwash will destroy more oral germs, aiding in the fight against plaque. So, swish with vigour for about 30 seconds twice a day after brushing and flossing.
Additionally, chewing gum is also recommended, as sugar-free gums can significantly reduce germs in the mouth and increase saliva production. This is beneficial since saliva soaks the teeth in phosphate and calcium ions that help rebuild tooth enamel.
Avoid Excessive Brushing
Previously, it was recommended to brush after each meal. But, brushing your teeth too frequently can cause damage to your gums and enamel, which is why twice every day is plenty. So, after each meal and snack, you can just rinse with water. Besides, vigorous swishing forces the liquid between the teeth, disrupting and dislodging any food particles.
Avoid Lingering While Enjoying Sugary Drinks
While you should restrict your intake of sugary beverages, if you must have a beverage such as sweet tea, soda, or coffee with cream and sugar, it is preferable to have it in one sitting rather than drinking it all day. This is because when your tongue is continually exposed to sugar, some bacteria use it as a source of food and convert it to lactic acid. And this lactic acid begins dissolving the elements in your teeth, which is how cavities occur.
By incorporating these ideas, practices, and habits, you may take your oral care to the next level. Additionally, make an appointment with your orthodontist twice a year, and this way, you’ll be eager to present your healthy, dazzling smile!
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