Your oral health is one of the most important things that matters in your physical aspect. Just like your hair and skin, your teeth and whole oral health also plays a really important role as far as being physically presentable is concerned. It’s something that most of us often overlook. Now, the question is- are you really taking care of your mouth the proper way? Take a moment to think about it. In this blog, we’ll share with you the ultimate oral health guide that you badly need to know about:
Keeping a healthier mouth starts with brushing no matter how cliché it sounds. Of course it’s the first step. Regularly and thoroughly brushing your teeth is very important to prevent tooth decay and most especially, gum disease. Brushing prevents bacteria which promotes tooth decay as well as the plaque which causes gum disease.
For brushing your teeth, you need to know the following:
- Position your toothbrush at 45 degrees relative to where your teeth and gums meet. With a gentle and circular motion, brush them up and down. But remember not to scrub your teeth to prevent the gums to move away
- Make sure to clean the whole surface of the tooth as well as cheek and tongue side and chewing surface.
- Brush thoroughly. Proper brushing should take at least two minutes.
- The right brush counts. Choose a soft brush with rounded bristles. The size and shape matters as it has to reach the teeth at the very back of your mouth.
- Replace your toothbrush every three months.
This procedure helps removes bacteria and plaque which can’t be reached when tooth brushing. More than 1/3 of the tooth surfaces will remain unclear when you miss inter-dental cleaning. And when this happens, you are allowing the plaque and bacteria to form or build up. So flossing really counts. Floss your teeth at least once a day. You may either use dental floss, electric water Flosser or inter-dental brush.
Avoiding certain substance:
Nowadays, mouth wash solutions are very common. Harmful oral bacteria contains sugar. You can reduce the amount of bacteria in your mouth by reducing your sugar intake. If you insist on eating sweet treats or foods, make sure to keep it to mealtimes and do not brush immediately after. Acidic foods also needs to be avoided or reduced. Acid itself strips tooth enamel of its minerals. Control your alcohol intake as it can lead to irritations of the tissues inside your mouth. Smoking also needs to be reduced if you want to maintain a healthier oral health system. It has harmful effects on your teeth as it interferes the normal function of gum tissues as well as affects the attachment of soft tissue and bone to your teeth.
Regularly visiting your dentist:
And lastly, always make time for “dental day”. This is the day you pay a visit to your dentist to check your teeth and your entire oral health. Remember, prevention is better than cure, so better visit us regularly. Roycrest Dental Center will always be there for you.