At the earliest point of childhood that you can remember, you may have been told that sweet treats can cause our teeth to decay. Aside from this partial truth, it is also vital in the early stages of life to learn the importance of practicing complete oral care daily. In reality, it is impossible to brush your teeth after every meal or snack. However, apart from brushing your teeth after each meal, there are other oral practices that should be included in your oral care routine.
Never Forget to Floss
Of course, brushing goes a long way in dental care. However, flossing will guarantee that you will always have a healthy smile. For any food item that we consume, food particles are left on and between our teeth. We must floss to get rid of these food particles right away. The food particles turn to plaque, which can harden quickly and turn into tartar. Tartar is very dangerous to oral health because it further causes gum disease, including swollen and bleeding gums. Therefore, each day start your oral care by flossing. Once you have flossed, rinse your mouth with mouthwash or plain water, and then continue your routine with brushing.
Choose the Best Brush
In the past, individuals did not give much thought to the type of brush used to maintain their oral health. To date, many still may not. However, the right brush is important because of the effectiveness and comfort while practicing good oral hygiene. The best brushes to select are those with soft bristles. Brushes with harder bristles tend to bruise the gums and possibly cause abrasions on the teeth. Also, you must choose a brush that has a narrow head so that you’re able to access any small spaces while brushing.
You may already know that 4-6 months is the recommended timeframe in which a toothbrush should be changed out. But apart from the expected bent bristles that are no longer as effective, there is another significant reason you should change your toothbrush. There are countless amounts of bacteria present in the mouth daily. Over time, after the brush comes in contact with the brush, the bacteria will build up. You can take care of the brush by sanitizing it and allowing it to air dry after each use, then storing it properly. However, after a few months, it is best to start using a new brush to ensure that you are employing the best oral care practices.
The Tongue Is Just as Important
Brushing your tongue is just as important as brushing your teeth because bacteria will build up. Based on the structure of your tongue, bacteria can easily live on the surface and in crevices. These bacteria will cause bad breath if they are not removed and will also cause a change in the color of your tongue. Apart from using your toothbrush to remove bacteria, a tongue scraper is also an effective tool that can help prevent halitosis.
Regular Dental Visits
While you may have been doing an excellent job of managing your oral health, visiting your dentist every six months is still necessary. Dental professionals can provide an in-depth and detailed clean of the entire mouth. But most importantly, they can see things that we are unable to see. These dental professionals include orthodontists. Orthodontists are responsible for diagnosing, preventing, and correcting misaligned jaws and teeth as well as misaligned bite patterns. All of these are part of orthodontics. Abnormalities of the teeth and jaw affect your appearance, speech, chewing, and the overall health of the gums and teeth. These abnormalities may begin to develop slowly without your knowledge and are best dealt with early, hence the importance of regular dental checkups.
The Best Products for the Best Oral Health
Managing your oral health by using the best products will help you maintain a healthy smile. Always seek to purchase kinds of toothpaste and mouthwashes that offer complete care. For example, toothpaste that deals with plaque and tartar build-up, brightening of teeth, and breath improvement are the best options. Also, seek out mouthwashes that not only offer complete care but those that are also long-lasting. In addition, flosses that are mint waxed are the best options to remove the plaque.
Naturally, you will want to maintain a seemingly perfect set of teeth. However, it is even more imperative that you seek to maintain general oral health. This daily routine will contribute to a better quality of life, which includes the way you speak, the type of food you can eat, and confidently displaying a healthy smile.