Did you know that having poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental problems in the future? Yes. Gum disease, infections, bone loss, heart disease, and strokes are only a few of the problems you can have if your hygiene habits are not good.
Having a great smile comes with a lot of responsibility, and we would love to help you achieve this goal. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of ten things you can do at home in order to maintain a healthy mouth.
1. Proper Brushing
When you brush, there’s no need to rush. A quick wash of your bristles isn't enough, it may help to get rid of bad breath for a few hours but it does not banish leftover food particles and neither polish your teeth. Dentists recommend brushing for at least two minutes, twice every day.
It’s also important to brush properly to avoid hurting your gums. The toothbrush’s bristles must aim towards the area where your tooth meets your gum, and later brush gently with short back-and-forth motions. For your back teeth, hold the brush vertically and repeat the movement. Remember to brush the outside, inside and chewing surfaces of your teeth.
2. Floss Your Teeth
Brushing your teeth will only help you to remove 50% of the bacteria in your mouth. No matter how many times you do it, there are areas that a toothbrush cannot reach. That’s why we recommend you to floss at least once a day, that’s the best way to remove plaque in between the teeth that unfortunately a toothbrush can’t remove. Plaque can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.
When using floss, slide it into the space between your gum and tooth, gently rub the side of the tooth in an up-and-down motion; repeat this until you’ve done this in your upper and lower teeth.
3. When brushing your teeth, don’t forget your tongue
The surface of your tongue must be cleaned daily, this will help you remove countless bacteria that live on the top of your tongue. This will help you avoid breath and future dental problems.
4. Use Mouthwash
A good mouthwash can help maintain good breath as well as help maintain strong teeth, but if you don’t floss and brush properly you won’t feel or see any progress. Did you know that a 30-second rinse twice a day kills bacteria all over your mouth, that brushing and flossing miss? Ask your dentist of trust which is the best mouthwash for you.
5. Change Your Tooth Brush
Dentists recommend to change your toothbrush every three months. Bristles deteriorate with time and usage, so if you’ve been using your toothbrush for more than 3 months, we recommend you to change it because you may not be getting the best clean anymore.
6. Reduce Your Intake of Sodas, Coffee and Alcohol
Phosphorus is a necessary mineral in order to have a healthy mouth, but beverages like soda, coffee and alcohol have very high level of this mineral. The daily intake of these beverage can deplete the body’s level of calcium, which can lead to hygiene problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
Also, drinks that contain additives such as corn syrup and food dye can make your teeth discolored with time. Therefore, we recommend you to choose healthier beverages that won’t harm your mouth.
7. Drink Enough Water
Mouth dryness increases plaque accumulation and your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Staying hydrated will help your mouth sensitive tissues to stay moist, which promotes the healthful action of saliva. Saliva not only buffers acids, it also aids digestion, helps the mouth fight germs, and even has a role in protecting the teeth from decay.
By drinking plenty of water during the day you will not only stay hydrated, but you’ll also have a number of health benefits for your entire body.
8. Avoid Tobacco
Did you know that cigarettes have more than 200 poisonous substances? By reducing your tobacco intake you’ll be making a big favor to your teeth. Smoking can lead to oral cancer and periodontal complications.
9. Avoid Midnight Snacks
Having a snack before sleep without brushing your teeth can allow food particles and sugar to remain on your teeth all night, giving the bacteria the opportunity to feed on it.
10. Visit Your Dentist Twice a Year
We recommend all of our patients to visit their dentists of trust at least twice a year to have a full hygiene treatment performed. Your dentists will help you to prevent any kind of disease that in the future may result complicated and expensive.
Taking care of our teeth properly can help us prevent toothaches, maintain a healthy mouth and an awesome smile. Oral health is crucial, a simple tooth problem can lead to diabetes, heart disease, systemic infections, an inability to eat or speak properly, and many more.
At Sani Dental Group, the largest clinic in Los Algodones, Mexico, we care about you. Our patient coordinators are always available for you. Give us a call if you’d like to schedule an appointment with certified dentists that will help you recover the smile of your dreams.
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