Keep your Smile in Shape—Top Tips For Managing Your Dental Health
Everyone knows the basics of good oral health—brushing, mouthwash and flossing. But these are just the essentials.
You need to make lifestyle changes and maybe ditch a few habits. We’ve listed down a few tips to help you achieve all this.
BRUSHING THE RIGHT WAY!
Brushing your teeth twice a day or after every meal? Great. But are you brushing the right way?
The modified bass brushing technique which requires the brush’s head to be held at a 45 degrees angle and moved in circular motions. Precautions should be taken while brushing as applying too much force can cause damage to both the gums and teeth’s enamel.
Using a proper toothbrush and toothpaste is essential. A fluoride toothpaste along with a soft toothbrush is a good combination. However, those suffering from arthritis for example can use battery or electric operated toothbrushes which do a more thorough job at cleaning and remove plaque and bacteria.
It is advised to replace the toothbrush every 3–4 months as the bristles tend to lose their shape. They won’t be able to clean the teeth properly which can cause food residues to still be stuck on the teeth and lead to plaque.
To make sure the toothbrushes last, it is advised to clean them under water to get rid of all the toothpaste and saliva.
Finally, if you’ve recently recovered from a viral infection, change your brush to avoid a relapse.
AVOID OVER BRUSHING
Almost 20 percent of Americans face sensitivity and pain in their teeth. If you’re brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled brush, twice a day, for four minutes, it’s optimal. More than that will end up in damaging the tooth’s enamel which is responsible for protecting the teeth. The damaged enamel can lead to pain and discomfort.
AVOID SUGARY DRINKS
All the sugar present in sodas and frizzy drinks mixes with the bacteria in the mouth and forms an acid which tends to damage the teeth.
Each attack lasts up to 20 minutes and with every sip you take, starts all over again. Kids are most prone to these tooth decays because their enamels haven’t been properly developed. It is always best to replace carbonated drinks with water or to reduce their intake.
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