From an early age, one of the many lessons, our parents thought us is to take care of our teeth. We had to brush them when we got up, and right before we went to bed. And if we were really good kids, we brushed them one more time, after lunch. This was a really important lesson for our dental hygiene and our overall health. But is this all that there is to that?
The first step – brushing is important
And even if it hurts us to admit- our parents were right. You should brush your teeth at least twice a day. Today you can choose from a very broad range of products. From a regular manual brush to an electric one. They are available in different size, textures, and forms. You can even choose one for your sensitive gum. Many people today choose to use an electric brush. They can last you up to few years, and you can even use toothbrush body with you family. Head of the brush can by change as they age. The downside of an electric brush is that they can be more costly.
Second step – floss daily
After brushing your teeth, the big part of your oral hygiene is daily flossing. Dental floss can reach a part of your teeth where tooth brush can’t. It helps you to prevent gingivitis and tooth decay. If you want to floss correctly wrap the floss around your finger and use it in the space between your teeth. Slide it up and down two or three times. When you are doing this bleeding can occur, that is most likely sign of gingivitis or gum disease, but it will usually stop in about two weeks.
The third step – Limit harmful effects
When we say harmful effect, first of all, we are thinking about smoking. The second thing is coffee and tea, which are not harmful to smoking, but it can leave you dental stains. Smoking is linked to many gum diseases. From mild to even losing your teeth. If you can’t stop smoking, try limiting smoking to few cigarettes a day. Drinking coffee, tea or red wine can also cause dental stains. Your dentist can in most causes wash them off, but they can also cause you internal staining, which is a bigger problem.
The fourth step – visit your dentist
Last step, but maybe the most important is to visit your dentist every six months. He can give you advice if you’re doing something wrong, or he can redirect you to another doctor because as we know, many problems in our body manifest first in the mouth.