A good dental routine should always include both brushing and flossing the teeth. Still, there are some other things you can do to help keep your teeth and gums healthy, which will be good for your overall health.
Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day for Two Minutes
The first step to having clean and healthy teeth is to take care of your mouth every day. If you follow the "2x2 rule," which is to brush your teeth for a total of four minutes, twice a day, you can avoid getting a plaque. Those of you who also have kids should start teaching them about this idea when they are young and try to find ways to make it fun. You could play them a song or use a timer to tell them when exactly two minutes have passed while they brush their teeth.
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It is recommended that you floss your teeth every night before you brush them to remove anything that your toothbrush can't get rid of. But a lot of patients say that they skip this step, even though it's an important part of a healthy routine. If you only use a toothbrush and don't floss, the small food particles and other deposits that your toothbrush leaves behind can cause cavities over time. So, make flossing a regular part of your routine and give yourself two minutes a day to do it. If your gums are sensitive, you may feel some pain when you start flossing for the first time. This is normal and will go away after a few days of flossing regularly. Make sure to move the floss back and forth along the full length of each tooth when you floss.
Visit Your Dentist Every Six Months
If you go to the dentist regularly, he or she will be able to find problems before they get too bad or stop them from getting bad in the first place. When you go in for your regular visits; your teeth will be cleaned very well by a professional twice a year. This will get rid of any plaque and tartar that have built up, which is good for your gums and teeth. In between visits, you can check out this dental gel to control tartar buildup.
Replace a Worn-Out Toothbrush
You should get a new toothbrush every three to six months so that it can continue to clean your teeth well. When the bristles on a toothbrush are frayed or worn down, it can't clean the surface of the teeth well and can even hurt the gums. If you change your toothbrush often, you can also do your part to keep it clean. Make sure to rinse your toothbrush well and store it somewhere it can dry on its own. Don't forget to get a new toothbrush after you've been sick, so you don't bring the bacteria that made you sick back into your mouth.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
If you want to keep your teeth strong and healthy, you should avoid sweet foods and drinks like soda, sports drinks, and candies and eat foods that are high in calcium. This will also make your body happy, which is a nice added benefit. To strengthen your teeth and gums, eat a lot of leafy greens, almonds, yogurt, and cheese.
Make Use of Products Designed for Dental Hygiene
Even though brushing and flossing are the most important parts of preventive dental care, there are other things you can do, like adding supplemental aids to your daily routine, to help keep your teeth in the best shape possible. Some of the things that fit into this category are mouthwash, oral irrigators, tongue cleaners, and interdental cleaners. They shouldn't be used instead of brushing and flossing, but in addition to both.
Stay Hydrated All Day Long
Keeping yourself well-hydrated is good for your health in general and also helps you make better saliva. Saliva moves food particles through the mouth, which is good for dental health because most of these particles don't get stuck between the teeth, where bacteria can grow. It will also help maintainyour mouth moist and comfortable.
Do Not Smoke
Tooth discoloration is one of the less serious side effects of smoking, along with gum disease which can lead to the loss of teeth. Quitting smoking right away is highly recommended for your oral health and your health as a whole.
Take Dental Sealants into Consideration
Dental sealant is used to fill fissures in your molars and premolars. This helps protect your teeth from plaque and cavities. Sealants are good for most people, but kids and teenagers are especially good candidates for them because they usually don't brush their teeth in addition to adults, which makes them more likely to get cavities.
Periodically Inspect Your Mouth at Home
Even though regular checkups at the dentist are a great way to prevent problems, issues can still happen in the time between visits. As part of your daily routine, you should give your mouth interior a quick look-over to reduce the risk of serious problems. Self-examinations done regularly can help you stay healthy.
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