Does anyone not like going to the dentist but want healthy teeth ?
Even if you aren’t experiencing any pain and everything seems to be fine, you could still be suffering from small cavities, gum problems or worse. And by the time you experience pain or discomfort it may already be too late and treatment will be needed. By regular visits to the dentist it will avoid drastic dental treatment and reduce potential problems with your Teeth-how to look after them before they get worse. In addition your dentist will be able to advise you if your oral hygiene is lacking so can sort out a plan of action with you to make sure serious problems don’t develop.
But here are a few useful tips that may help to keep your teeth in good condition
- Choose toothbrushes with soft, round-headed bristles Avoid big-headed toothbrushes. Dental associations recommend that you buy a toothbrush with a compact head-1″ by 1/2″-so you can easily reach the small areas of your mouth and clean teeth properly.
- Some toothbrushes today have wide handles.This helps you control the toothbrush better. So, choose a toothbrush with a handle that is long enough and wide enough for you to handle.
- Try to brush your teeth at least twice a day to prevent acid buildup from the breakdown of food by bacteria. However, if your work or activities prevent you from doing this, thoroughly rinse your mouth with water after eating to minimize the amount of food that would serve as substrate for the bacteria to form on your teeth.
- Position the bristles at an angle of 45 degrees near the gum line. Both the gum line and the tooth surface should be in contact with the bristles. Brush the outer surfaces of the teeth using a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion. Note that this step should be done gently in order to avoid bleeding. To clean the inside surfaces of the teeth and gums, place the bristles at a 45-degree angle again and repeat the back-and-forth, up-and-down motion. For the inner surfaces of the front row of teeth, position the brush vertically and make up-and-down strokes. Brush the biting surfaces of your teeth, particularly your molars, with a back-and-forth motion. Lastly, brush the surfaces of your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria, which might cause bad breath.
- Dont forget to brush your tongue gently. Brush from the back of your tongue to the front.
- We know, it’s a chore and alot of times forgetful after brushing if rushing out the door or heading to bed. However, flossing can help you remove food particles and other detrimental substances from your teeth that brushing regularly cannot. Flossing allows you to reach deep between your teeth where the toothbrush bristles cannot reach or even mouthwash cannot wash away. We recommend flossing at least once a day.
- One of the best ways to keep your kids Teeth-how to look after them is by brushing their teeth is to make the process fun for them. Let them pick out toothbrushes, and buy fun-flavored toothpastes that they enjoy.You can also make brushing an event your kids look forward to by playing brushing games like Simon Says brush this way, or by singing as adapted version of Old MacDonald to include brushing activities.
Much of our food today contain sugar, even naturally occurring sugar so it is somewhat hard to cut out of our diets completely but it is the artificial sugar we need to watch out for. Everything in moderation is acceptable but it is a good idea to avoid sugary foods and drinks between meals. Try to avoid drinking carbonated drinks and citrus fruit juices between meals as these will encourage tooth erosion and decay.