While some patients get into the habit of seeing their dentist once or twice a year, others a little bit more lax with their dental hygiene. What they don’t know is how big of an impact your dental health has to do with the rest of your body.
Tooth pain should never be ignored and can relate to a lot of other more concerning health conditions. These are some of the best ways to stay on top of your dental hygiene.
Learn Proper Brushing Techniques
Brushing your teeth won’t do you any good if you’re not cleaning long enough or the right way. Position the bristles of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle near the line of the gum when brushing. Both the surface of the tooth and the gums should be in contact with your toothbrushes’ bristles.
The outer surfaces of the teeth are best served using both an up-and-down and back-and-forth motion. The inside of the mouth can be cleaned at a 45-degree angle in the opposite direction.
Brushing twice a day helps to prevent the buildup of plaque and acid from food. If this is not possible to achieve with your schedule, consider rinsing your mouth with water after each meal instead.
Don’t Forget To Floss
It’s probably one of the most things that patients lie to us about. Trust us; we know when you haven’t been flossing your teeth. Flossing can seem like a such a chore, but it’s incredibly helpful for cleaning out substances that your toothbrush cannot get.
Flossing allows for patients to get deep into the area between teeth near the gums, helping to prevent the build-up of unwanted materials. Some dentist suggests flossing twice a day, but even if you could start with once and build it into a daily habit, we’ll be happy.
Avoid Tobacco Use
While smoking won’t always show long-term health risks, it can be extremely harmful to your mouth. Oral cancer, yellow teeth, and other complications can occur from even casual use.
Even when trying to cover up the smell of smoke on your breath by using tea, coffee, and candy can be twice as harmful to your enamel.