Pretty much everybody already knows the drill; brush, rinse, floss at least twice a day to keep teeth in top shape and the breath fresh. But these are not the only important practices for good oral health, according to the best dentists. The important thing to remember is to go about your oral routine the proper way.
Brushing is the best way of cleaning your teeth and it should be done either in a circular or up-and-down motion to dislodge food deposits between teeth and gums that cause bad breath, cavities and gum disease. However, not too many know the importance of using the right kind of toothbrush for improved oral hygiene. A lot of people tend to go for the brushes with strong, sturdy bristles believing that it would do a better job of scraping off food deposits, but dentists (especially those who specialize in cosmetic dentistry) actually recommend softer bristles because these do not scratch the enamel of the teeth. Scratches on the surface of the teeth can develop into rather visible markings that tend to discolor over time, and they’re not pretty. So when it comes to good brushing of the teeth and the tongue, it’s better to use toothbrushes with softer bristles, and to replace them every three to four months.
For stronger teeth and gums, dentists also advise healthy eating. A low starch/sugar diet is one way of preventing cavities for sugar or starch tend to stick to the teeth. Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and try to stick to low-fat dairy products, plus drink water more instead of fizzy drinks that tend to make the teeth and gums sensitive.
Meanwhile, to ensure fresh breath, using mouthwashes can help but instead of the ones that sting because of their alcohol content, choose a PH-balanced mouth rinse or a natural solution made with a combination of water, herbs or essential oils that are not too harsh yet thoroughly effective in disinfecting the mouth for fresh breath. Flossing is essential as well, as bad breath is typically caused by food stuck between teeth and the gum line. Be gentle in flossing, though, and choose soft floss that doesn’t cut through the gums.
As for teeth whitening, fluoride toothpaste definitely helps in maintaining those pearly whites, and recently a top toothpaste company came out with the blue toothpaste which basically neutralizes the yellowish color of teeth. But for stained teeth due to smoking and excessive coffee and tea consumption, it’s best to undergo professional teeth whitening which will create instantaneous and longer-lasting results.
Lastly, make visits to the dentist a regular commitment. It’s important to have regular check-ups especially after a really bad cold and cough because overall oral health is affected, and surprisingly the health of your mouth could also be one of the culprits behind the sickness.
Oral health should never be taken for granted. It is a must for you to take this seriously. More than just the looks, the mouth and teeth are essential parts that play a big role in the body; therefore ultimate care must be given.
About the Author: Chelsea Sawyer is a nurse and a certified health coach who has been helping many people in changing their behaviors to keep them focused on achieving their health and fitness goals. She has great passion for writing; hence her hobbies include writing and sharing helpful techniques on topics like losing weight, achieving a healthy lifestyle through physical activities; and living healthy through proper diet and way of eating. She recommends Greenwood Dental as a great resource for oral health care.