Updated: Jun 26
Long-term oral health isn't complicated. Indeed, there are some very simple things that we can all do regularly that will ensure our teeth and mouths are all smiles! Keep reading to find out what they are.
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Brush Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth is the most basic way to safeguard your oral health. However it needs to be done 2-3 times a day, and properly to have the right effect. In particular, staying mindful of brushing each of the 4 quadrants of the mouth is vital, as is not pressing too hard as this can damage the gums.
Also, be sure to use a circular motion when brushing your teeth as this will help get rid of plaque which will eventually turn into decay. Indeed electric toothbrushes mostly use a circular motion, so it's well worth investing in one if you want to make sure you are brushing properly every day.
Regular Trips To The Dentist
Another straightforward way to take care of your oral health is to make sure you see your dentist regularly. This means visiting them at least twice a year. After all, they are best equipped to see into every corner of your mouth and spot anything that could become a major problem before it gets the chance to develop.
Unfortunately, some people put going to the dentist off because of anxiety, and this can get in the way of them properly caring for their teeth. The good news is that modern technology, and a much better understanding of patient anxiety means dentists are better equipped to cater to all their patients' needs.
Some people like to warn of the dangers of fluoride. However, studies have shown that the benefits far outweigh the issues as fluoride acts in two ways to protect our teeth. The first of these is that it helps to form a protective barrier, while the second is that it kills germs that can lead to decay. With that in mind, using fluoride toothpaste two or more times a day is still one of the best things you can do to safeguard your oral health.
Yep, you may think that flossing is a bit gross, but just imagine what the inside of your mouth would be like if you didn't do it? After all, all those little bits of food would stay lodged between your teeth, and provide the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.
Of course, you can make flossing a little easier and more pleasant by using a water pick. This is an electronic device that uses a high-pressure shot of water to force out any debris stuck between the teeth.
You already know that drinking enough water is vital for your overall health and wellbeing. However, it's also great news for your teeth because it can help wash away food and drink residues that are sugary or acidic. With that in mind, do your mouth a favor and swap out sodas and coffee for water wherever possible. Your mouth will be healthier as a result.