Maintaining healthy teeth and good oral health takes dedication, and is a lifelong journey. Even those with perfect teeth must take the crucial right steps every single day to keep them perfect and prevent issues. A strong oral health routine involves using the right products, daily care for your teeth, and the support of experienced and compassionate dental professionals.
Here are some of the best things you can do to care for your teeth at home:
Never Go to Bed without Brushing your Teeth
Everybody knows that the general recommendation by experts is to brush your teeth at least twice daily. Still, many people often neglect to brush their teeth at night, due to being overly tired or simply forgetting. But brushing your teeth before bed works to get rid of the germs and plaque that have accumulated throughout the day.
Proper Brushing Technique
The way you brush is just as important as how often you do it— in fact, using an improper technique for doing a poor job of brushing can be almost as detrimental as not brushing at all. It is important to take your time and move the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to effectively remove plaque and bacteria. If not removed, plaque can harden, which leads to buildup and gingivitis.
Brush your Tongue
Plaque can also build up on the surface of the tongue. This leads to chronic bad breath, as well as other oral health problems. Gently brush your tongue in a downward motion each time you brush your teeth.
Use Fluoride Toothpaste
When it comes to choosing the right toothpaste, it is important to look for certain elements other than whitening power or flavors. Whatever brand or type you choose, always make sure it contains fluoride. Fluoride is one of the best defenses against cavities and tooth decay because it works by fighting germs and bacteria that can lead to tooth decay, as well as creating a strong protective barrier for your teeth.
Floss Like you Mean it
Many people are consistent with brushing twice daily but still neglect to floss regularly (or at all.) Flossing not only works to remove small pieces of food that might be stuck in between your teeth, flossing also is a way to stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and help reduce inflammation. Flossing once daily is typically enough to reap all of these benefits.
Consider Using Mouthwash
Mouthwash helps in your oral health in three ways: reduces the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans those hard-to-brush areas between the teeth and around the gums, and remineralizes the teeth. In a way, mouthwashes are useful as a tool that helps to bring things into balance. You can ask your dentist about specific mouthwash recommendations. Some brands are ideal for children and those with more sensitive teeth.
Make Sure you Drink Enough Water
Water is always the best drink for your general health, including oral health. Many experts recommend drinking water after every meal, as this can help rinse out some of the more sticky and acidic foods and drinks between brushings.
Limit Acidic & Sugary Foods
Sugar converts into acid in the mouth, which can then result in erosion of the enamel of your teeth, leading to cavities. Foods and drinks that are highly acidic can also wear down tooth enamel. While you don’t necessarily have to avoid such foods altogether, it doesn’t hurt to be mindful and practice moderation.
Visit your Dentist at Least Twice a Year
While your everyday oral care habits at home are crucial to your overall oral health, even the most dedicated brushers and flossers still need to see their dentist regularly. At the least, you should see your dentist twice a year for cleanings and checkups. Your dentist can not only remove plaque and look for cavities, but they will also be able to identify possible issues and offer potential treatment solutions.
Learn more about caring for your teeth at home and how we can help support your oral health by contacting our Guelph dentist’s office today!