At-Home Dental Care Tips & Advice

Would you like to know what you can do to care for your teeth, other than visiting your dentist? Do you want to know what you can do between trips to the dentist? If you’re anything like the rest of us, the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

 

Proper Brushing:

Brushing your teeth properly is important for your overall mouth health. When brushing your teeth, use a vertical motion on the outside of your teeth and a horizontal motion on the inner parts of your teeth. Concentrate your efforts on brushing each tooth for approximately fifteen seconds to help ensure proper cleaning.

 

Toothbrush Care:

Take care of your toothbrush. After you finish cleaning your teeth, make sure you clean your toothbrush, too. Simply wash it off with water and place it in a toothbrush holder so that it is standing up. Putting your toothbrush in a case is not advisable, because bacteria is more likely to grow that way.

Floss:

Although it may take a little bit of time every day, make sure that you brush and floss. This little bit of time you invest in your smile will pay off. There is no better preventative maintenance for your mouth than to brush and floss daily. It’s easy, inexpensive, and you need to do it for a beautiful smile.

 

Rinse:

After you have brushed your teeth follow up with a good fluoride rinse. A fluoride rinse will help protect your teeth by hardening the enamel on your teeth. For the greatest benefit rinse for at least one minute. The proper procedure for rinsing is to swish the mouthwash between each tooth; then, finish with a quick rinse with water to help freshen your breath.

 

Saliva:

Believe it or not, saliva is actually your teeth’s best friend! Natural saliva contains minerals, enamel-strengthening antibacterial properties and the power to neutralize an acid. If you are a woman over the age of 50, menopause may be causing dry mouth, which, then leads to bad breath. Specially formulated dry mouth products can help to eliminate embarrassing odors caused by a lack of saliva.

 

Cut Out The Carbs:

Avoid snacking on carbs if possible. Potato chips and other salty snacks will not be easy to remove from your teeth. If you need to have a snack, choose some fruits or another healthy food. Clean your teeth immediately afterward if you can, or plan on spending more time flossing later. However, eat fresh fruit rather than dried fruit to protect your teeth’s health. Dried fruit sticks to your teeth, exposing them to more sugar and leading to more cavities. If you must eat dried fruit, make sure to brush, floss and rinse as soon as possible after eating so that you reduce the risk of cavities.

Dentist:

Don’t put off going to the dentist. If you wait until your teeth are bothering you to go, you may have a lot of cavities or other serious dental problems that could have been prevented with routine maintenance. You should visit your dentist at least once every six months for routine checkups. Neglecting your teeth can cause significant damage in the future. Just go to your dentist so that they can clean up your mouth and take care of anything that may need attention. Of course, the better you look after your teeth in between visits, the cheaper your dentistry bill will be!


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