Health experts classify dental or oral health problems to be a global priority. Research shows that the state of a person’s mouth directly affects both their physical and mental wellbeing.
Left untreated oral diseases are extremely painful, cause disfigurement and possibly death, as the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that these diseases share common risk factors with other major diseases.
Mentally, if they result in a speech impediment, it takes a toll on the confidence and general mental health of those affected.
Taking care of your teeth is life-saving! Here are some ways on how to do it.
Brush Your Teeth Twice Not Once
Plaque is a bacteria-containing film that coats your teeth. This is a bad thing, so plaque must be removed as soon as possible when it is soft because it’s extremely difficult to get rid of when it hardens into tartar (the off-white substance between some teeth). When this happens, loose teeth, receding gums, and bad breath are all a possibility.
Brushing your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled is twice as much chance to get rid of accumulated plaque. Brushing properly is just as important as brushing twice.
The recommended brushing technique is:
- Hold a soft-bristled brush at an angle that is 45% to the gums
- Brush in short strokes, one or two teeth at a time
- Target the inner and outer surfaces
Floss, Floss, And More Floss
Your toothbrush is unlikely to reach every corner, so flossing comes in handy to dislodge food particles still lodged in after brushing.
Flossing should be done at least once a day to be effective, preferably before brushing. Again, flossing is useless if done improperly.
The best way to floss is:
- Stretch taut 12 to 18 inches of floss between your hands
- Slip the floss between your teeth and gums as far as it’ll go
- Floss up and down in 8 to 10 strokes
Drink From A Straw
To take care of your teeth water should be your primary drinking source because it cleanses the teeth and contains essential minerals. Realistically beverages that stain the teeth such as coffee, soda, and tea are a staple.
Who can function without that morning cup of coffee?
Or resist a cold soda?
To mitigate the damage, use a straw, ideally a reusable one to save the environment!
The Dentist Is Your Friend
Prevention is better than cure. A visit to the dentist is recommended at least twice a year.
Dental specialists at ariadental.net.au say that routine teeth cleanings and checkups are what’s best for your teeth health. Additionally, oral diseases are easier, cheaper, and less painful to deal with when they’re caught in the early stages.
For example, tooth decay that is untreated can progress into a large tooth abscess requiring more invasive surgery that will cost more. Again, tooth decay can spread and cause infections in other parts of the body. Plus, some health conditions show symptoms in the mouth, so a visit to the dentist may clue you in early about diabetes, sleep apnea, stroke, premature births, and more.
The Electric Toothbrush Versus The Manual Toothbrush
Electric toothbrushes have been clinically designed to brush more effectively, and so are recommended by health professionals. However, they can be expensive and many still prefer the traditional manual toothbrush.
If you opt for the manual, you must pick one with a soft bristle. Hard bristles are damaging to teeth, wearing away enamel which causes receding gums and sensitive teeth.
Even with a soft-bristled toothbrush, dental professionals advise that you brush gently, without exerting pressure.
Replace Sugary Food And Acidic Food With Vegetables
Consuming sugar is one of the worst things you can do to your teeth. Sugar combines with other bacteria in your teeth which boreholes in them known as cavities. Again, acidic food like meat, cheese, and processed grain can also wear down the enamel.
While such food can’t be completely avoided, moderation is key. Consciously replacing these with vegetables will take care of your teeth, as green vegetables for example are full of vitamins and high in calcium.
Ditch The Old Toothbrush
Old toothbrushes are unsanitary, crawling with harmful bacteria and fungus that’s why the Australian Dental Association recommends that you change your toothbrush every three to four months. Also, as the toothbrush ages, the bristles become much less effective at removing plaque.
A fresh toothbrush rather than an old one is an indispensable tool in your dental care arsenal.
Taking care of your teeth is a deliberate long-term practice. The benefits of good dental care far outweigh the inconvenience: healthy teeth mean a beautiful smile, plus overall better physical and mental health.