How To Care For Your Teeth in 3 Easy Steps
When you neglect to take care of your teeth, it leads to build up of plaque, which in turn causes cavities. This can lead to serious infection and other gum diseases that can damage the bone and tissues around the teeth. Old age increases the risk of tooth loss but proper care and maintenance can make our teeth stay with us for as longer.
Plaque should be removed to save teeth from tooth decay and gum disease. Here are three easy steps to caring for your teeth and gums.
1. Brushing Your Teeth
Ideally, teeth should be brushed at least twice a day, but brushing after meals is actually recommended. It’s so tempting to brush teeth right after eating, but it’s better to do it 30 minutes after your meal. See, when the plaque from our teeth comes in contact with food, it produces acid, which softens tooth enamel protecting our teeth. Waiting for 30 minutes before brushing will help the enamel re-harden and will not be removed when you brush.
Use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste to clean your teeth. Bristles should be soft enough to protect your gums but firm enough to cleanse the inner corners of your teeth. Make sure to brush through all grooves and crevices, from upper to lower teeth. Do not forget to brush your tongue as well; bacteria build up on the tongue, which produces bad breath if not taken care of. Brush teeth and tongue for three minutes then rinse your mouth with clean water.
2. Using a Dental Floss
Sometimes brushing is not enough to get rid of the food and plaque in your teeth. Dental floss can reach places that a toothbrush could not. Flossing at least once a day can prevent the formation of tartar. Grip the ends of the string and leave an inch in the middle for flossing. Push the string between the teeth to remove food. Remember to floss gently; flossing too hard can injure the gums. Don’t hesitate to use more than one string of floss to clean your teeth.
Rinsing teeth with mouthwash after brushing or flossing is also recommended for additional protection against plaque and gum disease. Fluoride mouthwashes can be safely used by adults but are not appropriate for children under 6 years old.
3. Look for a Dentist and Make An Appointment
Sadly, a lot of people assume that brushing, flossing, and rinsing are good enough for maintaining good dental health. It’s important to visit the dentist every six months to ensure that your teeth are in perfect order. Take advantage of your visits by having your teeth professionally cleaned.
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