Not everyone looks forward to visiting the dentist yet without it some are probably still not getting proper oral healthcare advice. It’s important to be informed about oral hygiene in order to prevent oral diseases and decay. Although different patients may have specific needs, there are certain tips everybody should follow. Here are some examples that you can do at home.
Teeth Cleaning Routine
You should have a daily routine to keep your teeth clean and healthy. This should include:
Brush your teeth twice per day. Use a fluoride toothpaste, preferably with enamel support. Electric toothbrushes are usually recommended by any dentist but even if you use a manual one, always go for soft bristles and a small head. This will give you more access to your mouth so you can really get into those nooks and crannies.
You should clean between your teeth daily either using loose floss or a floss pick. Ask your dentist if you need any help flossing, or if you notice your gums bleed. A little is perfectly normal but if it seems like a lot, this could be a sign of gum disease.
Use a mouthwash daily as well. The important thing to remember with mouthwash is not the brand, but how you use it. Follow the instructions and swirl it around your mouth for 60 seconds as recommended, this will help to fight more bacteria, plaque, and diseases like gingivitis.
Your oral health is always connected to your diet. Avoid sugary drinks and snacks where possible. If you eat a healthy diet, your teeth will be healthier as well. Think about cutting down on the types of food and drink that might stain your teeth, such as red wine and coffee. Citric acid is also a danger, so be careful with oranges and lemons, if you do eat a lot of these, rinse your mouth out with water. After eating, brush your teeth as recommended which means taking a toothbrush to work with you.
There are several bad habits that are harmful to your teeth and mouth such as smoking. If you are having problems quitting, speak to your dentist for some friendly advice. Chewing sugary gum is not good for your teeth so always opt for sugar-free. Don’t chew on other objects such as pens or your nails while working or studying. Your dentist will be able to give you tips on how to stop.
These are more for particular cases such as patients who suffer from bruxism. This is a condition where you unconsciously grind your teeth and it can be damaging. Mouthguards will relieve strain on your jaw and help you to get over the habit. Always get a custom fitted mouthguard made by your dentist.
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