Whilst your dentist will surely be skilled and experienced to rectify many of the dental issues that you may have, their influence on your dental health is nothing compared to one other person. That person is you, and maybe, as with many other individuals, you are not fully aware of the impact you can have on the health of your teeth and gums.
What is more, it is not that difficult to achieve more for the wellbeing of your teeth and gums than your dentist ever could by taking responsibility for your oral health To prove it to you, here are 7 ways that can be achieved.
Use The Correct Toothbrush: For some reason, many people think the harder the bristles are on their toothbrush the better it is. In fact, the opposite is true as hard bristles can irritate gums and cause them to bleed. If possible, use a toothbrush with soft bristles, and those with small, round brush heads have an ability to reach more parts of your mouth.
Replace Your Toothbrush Regularly: Every one of us has used a toothbrush for so long that it was well beyond its usefulness. This is surely down to our laziness because it is certainly not the cost, given that toothbrushes are so inexpensive. Ideally buy multiple brushes so you can easily change to a new one every 3 months, which is the recommended timescale advised by dentists.
Brush Your Teeth Correctly: Even a new toothbrush might not be as effective at cleaning your teeth as it should be, not because there is anything wrong with it, but because you are brushing your teeth in the wrong way. You should focus on one tooth at a time, move the brush in a circular fashion, and take the time to ensure that you brushed have the entire surface of each tooth.
Brush Your Teeth At Least Twice A Day: Ok, you have the perfect toothbrush and are brushing correctly, but that is no good if you only brush once a day. At an absolute minimum, you should be brushing twice a day which is once in the morning and at night before you go to bed. However, for the best possible results, and the healthiest teeth, you should brush after every meal too.
Floss After Brushing Your Teeth: As effectively and as regularly that you might brush your teeth, there is still another step you need to take in your dental care, and that is to floss. By flossing you rid your teeth of the tiny pieces of food that your toothbrush was not able to dislodge. In addition, flossing gets rid of plaque, which is the oral bacteria most responsible for gum disease.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake: The primary source of any tooth decay and gum disease you may have is what you eat, and in particular sugar. Any way in which you reduce your intake of sugar can only have a positive impact on your dental health, as well as your overall health, if it prevents weight gain.
Visit Your Dentist For Regular Check-Ups: We did not want you to think that we were casting your dentist aside, as although you play the main role in your dental health, they also contribute enormously. Most important is the regular dental check-up they can give you which will highlight the good and the bad with regards to the health of your teeth and gums, and they can resolve or eradicate any issues which they might discover during your check-up.