How To Properly Care for Your Teeth
Since you were a child, you have probably been told how to take good care of your teeth — brush, floss, and visit the dentist twice a year. While these guidelines haven’t changed, there are some additional things that you should know to make sure that you keep your teeth as healthy as possible.
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Proper Brushing Technique
When you brush your teeth, do you brush as hard and fast as you can? Are you done brushing in 30 seconds? Do you use a toothbrush with firm bristles? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you need to keep reading to learn why these are all harmful for your teeth and gums.
Brushing harder does not mean that you are getting your teeth cleaner. In fact, you are likely tearing your gums and pushing them further away from your teeth.
To get a thorough teeth-cleaning, use circular brushing motions over each section of your teeth, and keep brushing for a total of two minutes.
Last but not least, purchase a toothbrush that has soft bristles, which are much better for your teeth and gums.
For many people, flossing is not an enjoyable task. Keep this in mind the next time you consider skipping this portion of caring for your teeth — it only takes a few minutes to provide preventative care. When you skip flossing, your gums and teeth are at a higher risk for plaque and tartar buildup, which can lead to cavities and gum disease.
Proper Flossing Technique:
Wind: Wind about 18 inches of floss around either your index or middle fingers so that you have a clean space to use after each tooth.
Guide: Keep one to two inches of floss taut so that you can guide it between the points of contact in your teeth.
Glide: Use a back-and-forth motion to gently glide the floss between your teeth so that you do not snap or pop the floss between your teeth.
Slide: Slide the floss across the surface of each tooth and just under the gum line.
Maintain Regular Dental Checkups
Even if you are skilled at brushing and flossing your teeth, it’s still important to make regular checkup appointments at your family dentist. Your dentist can provide the thorough examination and cleaning that over-the-counter products simply can’t. Your family dentist is able to diagnose tooth decay while it’s still in the early stages, which will save you both pain and money.
Cut Down on Sugar
While there are a number of health reasons that should try to cut down on sugar, it’s also important for maintaining healthy teeth. The reason for this is that the bacteria in your mouth can use sugar to produce acids which weaken your enamel and damage your teeth. It can take up to an hour for the conditions in your mouth to return to their normal, non-acidic conditions.
Types of Sugary Foods and Drinks to Avoid:
Fast food that is high in sugar
Increase the Intake of These Foods
Crunchy vegetables and fruits are great snacks to consume between meals since the activity of chewing helps to increase your production of saliva, which in turn protects your teeth. These crunchy and healthy snacks help to “scrub” your teeth as you eat, which is also beneficial. You also want to make sure that you are drinking water liberally, as the water helps to wash out your mouth and maintain its non-acid condition.
Types of Fruits and Veggies to Consume:
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