At Luka Dental Care, the well-being of your Oral Health is our top priority. Therefore, we have compiled this article to give you tips on maintaining good oral health.
Think you’re in a good groove with your daily oral hygiene routine? Then, take it up a notch with some simple technique adjustments. When added up, these ten tips will help you refine your dental health habits –and keep your smile healthy, shiny and bright.
There is a wrong and right way to brush your teeth.
For a more thorough brush:
- Use a soft-bristled brush
- Beginning at your gumline, brush at a 45° angle
- Brush the outside of your teeth, inside, and all over your molars
- Be sure to get every nook and cranny around your teeth
- Gently brush your gums and tongue
Brush for at least two minutes a session. Use an hourglass or your favourite song to help you and your children keep track of time.
Manual or electric, bristle and handle type, head size, and of course, colour! When it comes to choosing a toothbrush, there are many options. First, select a brush with a soft bristle and small to medium-sized head as recommended. After that, the rest is up to you.
Ensure that your toothpaste is safe and effective by choosing one with the ADA seal and fluoride – this will fight plaque and prevent tooth decay.
Like brushing, there’s a wrong and proper way to floss. Remember to:
- Give yourself about 18 inches of floss
- Wind most of it around middle fingers, leaving 1to 2 inches on both sides
- Make sure the floss is tight between your thumbs and index finger, then gently slide it between your teeth, using clean sections as you go from tooth to tooth.
- Make a C-shape around each surface to hug the tooth and rub
- Gently floss beneath the gum line
Mouthwash freshens breath, reduces plaque and gingivitis, whitens teeth, and soothes dry mouth. And with its antimicrobial benefits and additional fluoride, you’ll wonder why you didn’t add it to your routine sooner!
To keep your toothbrush clean, rinse it off and let it air dry after brushing. Avoid covering or sharing it, as this breeds and spreads bacteria.
Replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months after recovering from an illness. Most manual and electric toothbrushes have a colour indicator reminder on the bristles. If you’re a parent or caregiver, keep in mind that the more often you change your child’s toothbrush, the more excited they’ll be to do it.
A tongue scraper rinses away excessive oral bacteria. Add this practice to your daily oral care routine to eliminate bacteria and freshen your breath. Select a toothbrush with a scraper on the back for added convenience.
Brushing twice a day, usually, after breakfast and dinner, should be ingrained by now. But if you have a late-night snack, you should also have a late-night brush. Cookies and ice cream fill your mouth with sugar and bacteria, and sleeping for 7 to 8 hours after your snack without brushing allows bacteria to fester and spread.
By integrating these tips, habits, and routines, your dental hygiene will go from good to great. And don’t forget to see your dentist twice a year – you’ll be proud to show off your healthy and sparkling smile.
5 Things To Know About Taking Care Of Your Teeth
Achieving healthy teeth takes a lifetime of care. So even if you’ve been told that you have nice teeth, it’s crucial to take the proper steps every day to take care of them and prevent problems. This involves getting the right oral care products and being mindful of your daily habits.
It’s no secret that the general recommendation is to brush at least twice a day. Still, many of us continue to neglect to brush our teeth at night. But brushing before bed gets rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.
The way you brush is equally essential doing a poor job of brushing your teeth is almost as bad as not brushing at all. Take your time, moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. Unremoved plaque can harden, leading to calculus buildup and gingivitis (early gum disease).
Plaque can also build up on your tongue. Not only can this lead to bad mouth odour, but it can lead to other oral health problems. So gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth.
There are more essential elements to look for than whitening power and flavours when it comes to toothpaste. No matter which version you choose, make sure it contains fluoride.
While fluoride has come under scrutiny by those worried about how it impacts other areas of health, this substance remains a mainstay in oral health. This is because fluoride is a leading defence against tooth decay. It works by fighting germs that can lead to decay, as well as providing a protective barrier for your teeth.
Many who brush regularly neglect to floss. Flossing is not just for getting little pieces of food or broccoli that may be getting stuck in between your teeth, as Jonathan Schwartz, DDS. points out. “It’s a way to stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and help lower inflammation in the area.”
Flossing once a day is usually enough to reap these benefits.
Try not to neglect your oral health. Contact your dentist today and schedule a teeth examination!
Article compiled by Luka Dental
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