Everyone knows that maintaining a thorough and healthful oral regimen is extremely important. The question is, do you know exactly what you should be doing to achieve maximum oral health? The information in this post can become the blueprint for your oral health. Try following all of these tips (or even just a select few) and watch your dental health skyrocket to a new dimension! If you want turn around your oral care routine while preventing gingivitis and periodontal disease, it is essential to follow the steps below.
First and foremost, it is important to be sure to brush twice per day. Be sure that you make the effort to brush the internal, external and the top areas of teeth. Even though there are some nights you feel like simply crashing into your bed and skipping your nightly hygiene routine, it is important to never skip brushing your teeth. If bacteria is left to linger in your mouth all night, this can increase your chances of developing cavities. Additionally, during waking hours, plaque deposits have the ability to build up on teeth fairly quickly following eating and drinking and if they are not brushed away at least twice a day, it can lead to tooth decay, or worse, periodontal disease. It is said that the average individual brushes their teeth for a mere one minute or less. Exceed the norm and aim to brush for 2-3 minutes; anything less is simply not enough. Also, do not store your toothbrush in a closed container as this can promote the growth of bacteria. Instead, rinse the toothbrush immediately after use and store in an open toothbrush holder on your bathroom countertop. You should also note that it is advisable to purchase a new toothbrush once every 3-4 months.
Flossing is a task that many people struggle with; they know they should do it, but put it off or forget about it all together. It’s extremely important to implement a plan to floss your teeth at least once per day (ideally just before bed time). If you are an individual just beginning a regular flossing routine, it may be a good idea to start by flossing twice per day to get that added jumpstart in your oral health. Make that extra effort to floss right before brushing your teeth and use a fresh area of floss for each tooth. Pay special attention to the teeth at the very back of your mouth as these are the areas which are most difficult to reach with a toothbrush. If you find it difficult to use the standard flossing method, it is possible to purchase plastic picks for easier flossing. Also, if necessary, make note of the condition of your teeth after meals. Have you just finished a meal that warrants a good flossing? Then do it. If your mouth (or breath) needs a freshening In between flossing and brushing, use an anti bacterial mouthwash to clear bacteria and freshen breath.
Diet and lifestyle changes
The lifestyle choices you make as well as your diet can also contribute to the level of your oral health. Cutting down on carbs and sugary drinks and snacks such as juices, candies, breads can be beneficial. The best food choices for oral health include cheeses, nuts, chicken, and milk as they believed to protect tooth enamel and remineralize teeth. Crunchy, firm fruits and vegetables are also great choices because they have a high water content and also promote the production of saliva, which protects against tooth decay. It also goes without saying that you should not use chewing tobacco or smoke cigarettes. These habits are detrimental to oral health and hygiene.
Other helpful tips
- It’s not enough to just brush your teeth. It is essential to make a habit of brushing your tongue, the roof of your mouth and the inside of your cheeks. When brushing the tongue, use a tongue scraper to lightly remove any debris or mucus. Next, apply a small amount of toothpaste to the tongue scraper and gently brush your tongue. This doesn’t need to be an intricate or long process, but it does provide nice health benefits while also freshening breath.
- Visit your dentist regularly. You know the drill- visits twice per year are optimal. We know you hate going, but you are only investing about 2 hours out of your 8,765 in the year.
- Always brush before you eat breakfast! Overnight, plaque and buildup can form on your teeth. If you eat breakfast before brushing, the sugar and acid in your breakfast meal can multiply the amount of bacteria present on your teeth. Brushing before you eat removes bacteria right off the bat and the fluoride in your toothpaste coats your teeth. This protects them against acid and sugar products you may consume at breakfast time. If after eating you feel you need to freshen up, you can use an alcohol-free mouthwash.
- As soon as you wake up, drink water to rinse away any possible debris and buildup.