Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to reduce the risk of oral and dental problems and also helps guarantee tooth longevity into later life. Cleaning your teeth regularly and establishing a daily routine will go a long way to preventing dental issues while also reducing problems with bad breath and gum disease.
Poor dental care can result in a plethora of different issues, ranging from a gradual yellowing of the teeth or bad breath to other more significant problems, like tooth decay, gingivitis, or even tooth loss.
Tips for Cleaning Teeth
As most people know, good dental hygiene requires a daily routine but there are many other useful tips you could follow to help maintain a healthy smile and reduce the chances of tooth and gum problems further down the line, including:
Choosing the right toothbrush: Most dentists agree that a toothbrush with a small head works best, ideally with soft-to-medium bristles – rather like these tepe brushes. It’s important to note that over-brushing with a hard-bristled brush can be almost as damaging as not brushing at all and can result in receding gums. You should aim to achieve thorough cleaning without causing damage.
Choosing the right toothpaste: These days, there is a glut of different types of toothpaste on the market promising all sorts of benefits. However, at the basic minimum, you should always go for a paste that contains fluoride which serves to help prevent tooth decay and strengthen tooth enamel. A fluoride paste can also help reduce sensitivity in teeth and provide remineralization.
Make sure you brush regularly: Most people were taught as kids about the importance of cleaning their teeth in the morning and last thing at night. However, while this technique undoubtedly works and will promote good oral hygiene, ideally, you should aim to clean your teeth directly after meals. By cleaning after eating, you’ll remove plaque and leftover food particles, both of which can cause decay and/or gum disease. It can also be a very good idea to floss after food, for the same reasons.
Use the right brushing technique: Dental professionals suggest you should hold the brush at a 45-degree angle to the gum and use a gentle, circular motion to clean the outer and inner tooth surfaces (cleaning the biting surface is much simpler with back-and-forth strokes). Don’t forget to also brush your tongue, as this can help remove bacteria and will also freshen your breath.
Remember flossing: As mentioned above, flossing is a great habit to get into to help remove small food particles that can often get stuck in the gaps between teeth, especially along the gum line.
When done cleaning, rinse with mouthwash: Despite already having brushed your teeth, if you want the ultimate cleansing, you should also rinse thoroughly with mouthwash. An antiseptic mouthwash can remove any particles you might have missed and will also kill bacteria and freshen your breath.
Don’t overlook diet: Your overall dental health can be closely linked to the type of diet you follow so you should go for fruits, vegetables, and calcium-rich foods to help strengthen your teeth and gums.
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