There are so many great tips you can use on a daily basis to ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy. We want beautiful smiles, we want to feel confident and we want our teeth and gums to be healthy, so I’ve put together a few tips you can use throughout 2015 to promote your oral health.
The first tip for dental hygiene in 2015 is to not rinse your mouth after you have brushed your teeth. Most people automatically brush their teeth, take a mouth full of water, rinse it around and spit it out. You want the fluoride toothpaste to stay in your mouth, clinging to your teeth for as long as possible. Rather spit out the toothpaste and hold off on the rinsing, ensuring the toothpaste works from longer to promote healthy teeth and gums moving forward.
Twice a Day
The next things to remember is that you must brush your teeth twice a day. There are so many patients that are under the false impression that brushing when they get up is all they need for good oral health. The truth is that the most important tooth brush time is just before bed and then once more during the course of the day.
Remember to brush your teeth for two minutes each time and focus on each individual tooth, eliminating all the bacteria and plaque from the service to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease in the future.
Use Dental Floss
Take advantage of dental floss. You can get away with flossing once a day, though twice is preferred. Focus on working between each tooth, getting to the plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush cannot reach. Dental floss is an important step to reducing the risk of gum disease.
Don’t Miss Your Routine Dental Appointments
I find so many patients under the impression that because they aren’t in pain or aren’t suffering with dental problems; they don’t need to keep their routine dental appointment.
The fact is that as dental professionals we use routine dental appointments as a preventative measure. We check for all types of problems from tooth decay to gum disease and even oral cancer. Keeping your routine dental appointment can ensure that any problems are caught early and can save you money in the long run.
Watch Your Diet
Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet can have a positive effect on your oral health. Enjoy a diet rich in calcium, while eliminating sugars and acidic foods. Choose plenty of crunchy vegetables to promote alkaline saliva and calcium, to promote healthy teeth and bones.