If you don’t fancy taking trips to the dentist other than for routine dental check-ups, you need to make an on-going effort to maintain optimal oral health. Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems in the future including gum disease, infections, tooth decay, bone loss, heart disease, strokes and more. The key to maintaining oral health is a combination of daily maintenance and bi-annual professional treatment.
Cleaning & Check-Ups
Cleaning and dental check-ups are essential to maintaining optimal oral health yet many adults fail to main their bi-annual visits to the dentist. These visits are necessary to identify and prevent any dental conditions from worsening, ensuring you can maintain the perfect smile.
Regular, Proper Brushing
Your teeth need to be cleaned twice daily – in the morning and at night – to help maintain oral health. Regular cleaning, however, won’t be so effective if you are not brushing your teeth correctly.
Brushing your teeth correctly does not consist of a quick 30-second run of your toothbrush around your mouth. When brushing your teeth, you need to position the bristles at an angle of about 45 degrees near your gum line. Both your gum line and the surface of your teeth should be in contact with the bristles. Gently brush the outer surfaces of your teeth using a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion.
To clean the inside of the teeth and gums, place the bristles at a 45-degree angle and repeat the back-and-forth, up-and-down motion. Don’t forget to brush the surfaces of your tongue and the roof of your mouth to remove bacteria too.
Use the Right Toothbrush
You don’t just need to ensure you are using the correct brushing techniques; you need to ensure that you are using the right toothbrush too. Ideally, you will use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Your toothbrush should last two to three months but you don’t have to wait that long to replace it. As soon as you notice bent bristles, it’s time to get a new toothbrush.
Don’t Forget to Floss
Your dentist probably tells you every time you visit him/her that you need to floss more. And we have to agree, as we really could not stress the importance of flossing. Flossing can help you remove food particles that brushing simply cannot. Flossing allows you to reach deep between your teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t go. Ideally, you should floss once daily.
Limit Fizzy Drinks, Coffee & Alcohol
As much as you adore your daily coffees, enjoy a fizzy drink with your meals or like to indulge in alcohol, consumption of such beverages can wreak havoc with your oral health. They can eat away at the surface of your teeth over time. This causes dental hygiene problems such as tooth decay and gum disease while such beverages can also make even the pearliest white teeth appear dull and discoloured. Try to opt for a calcium filled beverage like milk instead or water, which will keep you hydrated for longer. If you can’t avoid such beverages, cap your consumption to “special occasions”.
Maintain your gorgeous smile for longer by making a daily, conscious effort to look after your oral health. With our quick guide of tips, it has never been easier.