Having good oral health requires that you visit the dentist regularly for professional examinations and cleanings. However, how well you take care of your teeth and gums in the months between those visits is crucial to the prevention of conditions in your mouth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Brush Your Teeth Daily
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day — once in the morning and before you go to bed. Use a toothbrush that has soft bristles with rounded ends and a head that can reach every surface of your teeth and mouth. Be sure to use toothpaste and mouth rinses that contain fluoride, which can help keep tartar from forming.
Brush the Right Way
The correct way to brush your teeth is to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and gently brush back and forth using short strokes, making sure to include the gum line. Include all surfaces of your teeth, paying particular care to your front teeth and the chewing surfaces of your back teeth.
Don’t Forget Your Tongue
Most of the bacteria in your mouth can be found on your tongue, so remember to pay attention to it every time you brush. This can help to remove plaque, which contributes to bad breath.
According to one survey, 20 percent of Americans never floss. This is concerning because flossing is a daily habit that you should not skip. Flossing allows you to get at the food bits, plaque, and bacteria that are stuck between your teeth that your toothbrush is unable to dislodge. The floss should be worked between the teeth and then slid carefully under the gum line and scraped down the surface to remove any plaque.
Eat Foods Good For Your Teeth
Eating healthy a diet will not only improve your overall health, but it will provide the nutrients and minerals your teeth requires to be strong and what your gums need to remain healthy. Focus on eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, making sure your diet is low in sodium. Avoid consuming foods that contain excessive sugar, which can easily adhere to your teeth and cause cavities.
Make Time to See Your Dentist
While you do your part at home to make sure your oral health is as it should be, it is still important to maintain the regular visits to your dentist. If, despite your efforts, tartar has begun to build upon your teeth and underneath your gums, your dentist will be able to remove it. He or she will advise you on what other steps you should be doing at home to maintain or improve the health of your teeth and gums.
At Sixth Street Dental Aesthetics, we offer a wide range of general, cosmetic and implant dentistry services that can help you achieve the smile you want. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.