Achieving healthy teeth requires a lifetime of care. Even if you’ve been told you have good teeth, it’s important to take the right steps every day to care for them and prevent problems. This includes providing oral and dental care products as well as taking care of daily habits.
It’s no secret that the general recommendation is to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Many of us still neglect to brush our teeth at night. But brushing your teeth before going to bed removes the germs and plaques accumulated during the day.
How you brush your teeth is just as important – brushing your teeth poorly isn’t nearly as much brushing. Take your time, move the toothbrush with gentle circular movements to remove the plaque. Unremoved plaque can harden and lead to calculus buildup and gingivitis (early gum disease).
Plaque can also build up on your tongue. This can not only lead to bad breath but can also lead to other oral health problems. Brush your tongue gently every time you brush.
When it comes to toothpaste, there are other important elements to look for in white power and flavorings. No matter which version you choose, make sure the toothpaste contains fluoride.
While fluoride has come under scrutiny from those concerned about its effects on other areas of health, it remains a mainstay in oral health. This is because fluoride is a defense against tooth decay. It works by fighting the germs that lead to decay as well as creating a protective barrier for your teeth.
Many people who brush regularly do not use dental floss. “Flossing isn’t just about getting those little bits of Chinese food or broccoli that might get stuck between your teeth,” says Jonathan Schwartz, DDS. “It’s a way to stimulate the gums, reduce plaque and help reduce inflammation in the area.”
Flossing once a day is usually enough to reap these benefits.
Flossing can be especially difficult for young children and elderly people with arthritis. Instead of giving up, look for tools that can help you floss. Pharmacy floss can make a difference.
Mouthwash is advertised as essential for oral health, but many people skip this product because they don’t know how it works. Mouthwash helps in three ways: it reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, it cleans the hard-to-brush areas in and around the gums, and it remineralizes the teeth, says Schwartz. “Mouthwashes are useful as an adjunct to help balance,” he explains. “I think in children and the elderly, where the ability to brush and floss is not ideal, a mouthwash is especially helpful.”
Ask your dentist for specific mouthwash recommendations. Special brands are best for children and sensitive teeth. Mouthwash is also available with a prescription.
Water is still the best drink for your overall health – including oral health. Mr. Schwartz recommends drinking water after every meal. This can help wash away some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic foods and drinks between brushes.
Convenience foods are fine, but maybe not so much when it comes to your teeth. Eating fresh, crunchy produce not only contains healthier fiber but is also the best choice for your teeth. “I tell parents to prepare their kids at an early age with foods that are chewed and chewed lightly,” says Schwartz. “So try to avoid overly processed things, stop cutting things into small pieces, and get those jaws working!”
Eventually, sugar in the mouth turns into acid, which can erode the enamel on your teeth. These acids are the ones that lead to cavities. Acidic fruits, teas, and coffees can also damage tooth enamel. While you shouldn’t necessarily avoid such foods completely, it doesn’t hurt to be careful.
Your daily habits are very important for your oral health. Still, even the most experienced brushers and flossers need to visit the dentist regularly. You should visit a dentist in Canada at least twice a year for teeth cleaning and examination. Not only can a dentist remove calculus and look for cavities, but they will also be able to diagnose potential problems and provide treatment solutions.
Some dental insurance companies even cover frequent dental checkups. If this is your case, use it. Doing this is especially helpful if you have a history of dental problems such as gingivitis or frequent cavities.