You know what they say, it does not matter how you are brushing your teeth, the dentist will always say that you are doing it wrong. But then, of course, you should listen to your dentist when it comes to taking better care of your teeth.
The truth is that we probably are not taking proper care of our teeth. This not only has to do with hygiene but also with the things that we put between our teeth for them to grind. Dr. Ji, who operates a dental practice in Canada, warns people that poor practices in taking care of teeth lead to early tooth loss as well as other teeth conditions.
Consequences of Poor Dental Hygiene
When you are not having a proper mouth hygiene, you can bring about a series of consequences to your teeth. These are some of the most common:
- As long as you have natural teeth, cavities or tooth decay will always be a potential issue. Teeth are designed to last your entire life, so having proper brushing techniques should keep it that way, even when you are old.
- Gum diseases include infections that affect how the tooth attaches to the gum. If you leave tartar unattended, these might affect your gum. They become red and swollen, a condition known as gingivitis.
- Dry mouth is not directly related to teeth but it is also a consequence of bad cleaning practices.
How to Take Better Care of your Teeth
These are the best tips for you to take better care of your teeth:
- Brush at least twice a day and spend 2 minutes brushing. This will allow you to go around most areas of your teeth without missing a part.
- Floss at least once a day to eliminate those residues of food between the teeth that the toothbrush cannot reach. If you do not floss, food and plaque will accumulate in the spaces between the teeth. You should usually use 30 cm of floss.
- Using toothpaste with fluoride strengthen your enamel and makes you less likely to get cavities. Use a toothpaste that has more than 1,000 ppm of fluoride.
- Use mouthwash with fluoride in it so that it reaches all the areas of your teeth. Use it after brushing and flossing. Do not swallow the mouthwash as it might upset your stomach.
- Brush or scrape your tongue. Food can get trapped in your tongue and then the bacteria that forms there is transferred to your teeth. Some toothbrushes come with a rubbery end that you can use for that purpose.
You should also be mindful of the types of food that you eat. Avoid foods with too much sugar in it. Also, try to avoid sticky foods such as candies taffy, granola bars, dried fruits. Reduce the amount of alcohol you are consuming and don’t smoke.