You are concerned about your dental health but your busy schedule does not allow you to take care of your teeth as much as you would like to. Even though you barely manage to arrange a dental visit, keep calm because there are practical and simple methods to improve your oral health every day without much additional effort and without affecting your daily routine. So, consider these small steps for a giant leap towards a healthy smile.
And enjoy the results…
1. Drink Plenty of Tap Water
Water is essential both for your smile and your body. It not only keeps your body hydrated. Water helps clean your teeth and prevent tooth decay. How? A sip of water after a meal rinses remaining food particles. Tap water is especially beneficial to your teeth because it contains fluoride. A healthy level of fluoride improves tooth health and stops tooth decay. The American Dental Association (ADA) says that fluoridated water reduces tooth decay by 25 percent in both kids and adults.
2. Brush & Floss Better
Everybody knows we should brush our teeth twice a day but how we brush and for how long is equally important. Good and frequent brushing removes plaque, prevents cavities and helps our teeth remain white.
Angle the bristles toward the gum line at a 45-degree angle, gently make small circular movements, focusing on only one or two teeth at a time. Cover all the surfaces – outer, inner and chewing surfaces. You should brush your teeth for two to three minutes. Divide the mouth into quadrants and spend at least 30 seconds in each. Avoid brushing for too long as that may erode your tooth enamel. This technique will effectively remove the most plaque and keep your gums healthy.
For effective brushing, a quality toothbrush is needed. Choose the soft-bristled type since they are gentler to the teeth enamel and gums. It is important to change your toothbrush from time to time, ideally every three months or when its bristles start to fray.
Don’t forget to floss since flossing removes plaque from areas that the toothbrush cannot reach i.e. between your teeth and under the gum line. It should be done only once a day. Too much flossing may irritate and damage your gums. How to floss properly? Just wrap the floss tightly around your finger and gently slide it up and down in the space between your teeth and under the gum lines.
3. Clean Your Tongue
Your tongue can be breeding ground for bacteria due to all the grooves and ridges on it. Therefore proper oral hygiene should always involve cleaning your tongue too. Ideally, it should be done with a tongue cleaner that is designed to scrape your tongue gently. You may use a toothbrush, as most people do, but the bristles are not very effective in cleaning the tongue. You can try the type with a tongue cleaner integrated on the opposite side.
4. Always a Mouth Wash
After brushing, there may be some bacteria left in your mouth. Therefore, an antibacterial mouth wash is an excellent option for additional results. It kills the harmful bacteria associated with bad breath, plaque and gum disease. Use it once or twice a day.
5. An Electric Toothbrush
Top quality electric toothbrushes are clinically shown to remove more plaque and have better results than standard manual toothbrushes. Nowadays many are specially developed for whitening of sensitive teeth. So, if you would like more effective brushing with less effort, then maybe you should consider getting one.
6. Arrange Your Dental Appointments TODAY
Having routine cleanings every six months will save you so much time and energy. How? It will take you an hour to visit (max) and two minutes to make the call but the time spent to do this is incomparable with the time saved. Regular check-ups help prevent cavities, periodontal disease and so many other complicated and time-consuming treatments. A small cavity soon becomes a large tooth abscess. Where a tiny filling may have been the solution, it may now require a root canal treatment and a crown. Treating your tooth decay early means smaller and less invasive dental treatments.
The key to success is to make the call now and schedule your regular two yearly visits. Once they are in your planner, you can be sure that your teeth will be checked and the potential threats removed.
7. Limit Your Sugar, Coffee, Tea and Red Wine
You do not have to give up on all the treats you enjoy. Sometimes it is enough just to reduce the amount. Becoming aware of the damage it does to your teeth may help. Drinking through a straw can help reduce teeth staining and the risk of tooth decay. It also helps to rinse your mouth with water afterwards. Consider consuming whole grains, low-sugar breads and cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables. Ideally, increase the intake of the foods that naturally protect our teeth, such as apples, strawberries, yogurt, almonds and carrots.
Making just small changes will immensely improve your dental health over time. By perfecting your daily oral routine, you invest into your dental and overall health. Your smile is brilliant and your precious time saved!