Research has shown that gum disease is associated with serious conditions such as cardiovascular disease and stroke; thus, the need for good oral hygiene cannot be overemphasized. Caring for the teeth and gums is rather simple but requires time and consistency.
Here are simple tips to get you started.
Brush your Teeth Properly
If you ask the experts, they will tell you that proper brushing should be at least 2 minutes long. Most of us don’t get to brush that long. When brushing your teeth, tilt the brush 45 degrees against the gum line. Sweep the brush away from the gum line to reach those plaques on the base where the gums hug your teeth. Sweep along the outer surfaces of the upper and lower teeth and then sweep the inner and hard to reach areas. It is also necessary to run the brush on the tongue gently to freshen your breath.
Using the proper toothbrush can also make a difference. A toothbrush with a small head is ideal because it allows you to reach the back areas of the teeth that are hard to clean. An electric toothbrush is recommended as it is more effective in cleaning the teeth because of its capacity to remove more plaques.
Replace your toothbrush every 3 months or earlier when it becomes worn out. Use the right toothpaste with fluoride to ensure strong, healthy teeth and gums.
Floss, Floss and Floss
Flossing is important since it allows cleaning of the interdental spaces, a place that no toothbrush can reach. Flossing can remove the pieces of food and tartar that are persistently stuck between the narrow gaps of your teeth. People who don’t floss at least once a day can have bad breath because of the accumulation of food material in between the spaces. Aside from making your smile desirable, flossing can prevent infection that can lead to gum disease and serious conditions such as heart attack and stroke.
How to floss properly? Pull 18-24 inches of floss string from the dispenser and wrap the ends around your index and middle fingers. Slide the floss around each tooth and move it with a back and forth motion, as well as up and down and on each side of each tooth.
What you Eat Matters
What you put in your mouth also affects your oral hygiene. Sugary sweets and other food stuff that are high in sugar can cause cavities and destroy the enamel of your teeth. Carbonated drinks such as sodas and juice can also weaken your teeth and cause cavities.
Smoking gives you bad breath. The aroma sticks in your mouth even after you have brushed your teeth. Chronic smokers are also at risk of developing gum disease and gingivitis. Smoking is also the number one risk factor in developing mouth and throat cancer. Quit smoking now and protect not just your oral health but your overall health as well.