Taking good care of your teeth is vital for your overall health. If your mouth is bacteria free, rest assured, your health is not at risk. Not only that, you need to look after your teeth to avoid tooth pain. You need to follow a good oral hygiene and eating a healthy diet to achieve good oral hygiene. Here are some tips on how to stay on track;
Brush two times a day.
Brushing is vital and must not be skipped. Take your time to brush, do it for about 2 minutes. Get through each tooth like it matters. Replace your toothbrush when it gets worn out. Your old brush probably has bent bristles which will not clean as well. Invest in a good toothbrush. If you are using an electrical one, you must replace it after every 3 months. Teeth are vulnerable to cavities so children must also be in a habit to brush their teeth regularly.
Feel free to take your toothbrush to work or school so when you eat anything that can potentially risk a stain, like chai, you can easily brush it off. It will also prevent bad breath throughout the day. However it is not advisable to brush immediately after eating; wait for at least half hour. This is because the food in your mouth creates acid which make your enamel soft and thus vulnerable to being worn away by brushing.
Use a fluoride toothpaste.
Fluoride is vital as it makes the enamel on your teeth stronger. It helps protect your teeth from decay. Buy a toothpaste which has about 1,500 ppm of fluoride in it. If you have children, make sure they don’t swallow it and use a pea-sized amount only. Children’s toothpaste can have only a small amount of fluoride so it is not suitable for regular use by an adult. An adult’s toothpaste needs to have about 1000 ppm fluoride minimum.
Flossing gets rid of food particles and built up bacteria between your teeth. When you begin flossing, your gums may bleed a bit, but it will stop once you get habitual of it. It is better to floss before you brush. It will help you get squeaky clean teeth which makes it easy for fluoride to get in and strengthen your enamel. We advised to have a floss 18 inches long so it can get through in the deepest enamels. You can use it in curving motions so to make sure it has gotten everywhere to get the gunk out.
Avoid pressing hard when near the gum line as you might risk damaging it and it may start to bleed. This habit gets rid of the micro inflammation produced in the papilla. Some people find flossing difficult and time consuming. If you are one of those people, you can use an interdental cleaner; it is a small brush, pick, or stick which lets you get amid your teeth without handling long strings of floss.