Nothing is better than that squeaky clean feeling our teeth have after a thorough checkup and teeth cleaning at our dentist. To keep your teeth healthy and clean in between your visits to the dentist, we’ve put together four great tips to keep your teeth sparkling clean!
Brush daily with the proper technique and brush.
While many of us already know we need to brush our teeth at least twice a day to keep our teeth free of plaque and bacteria, it is also important to pay attention to how we are brushing. Brushing is only effective if you are using the proper brushing technique.
Be sure to brush in small circular motions, brushing the front, back, and top of each tooth. This should take about two to three minutes. Avoid sawing back and forth motions. You also want to avoid brushing hard or aggressively and avoid using a hard-bristled brush. This can lead to damage to your gums and your tooth enamel.
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and change it every three months or when the ends begin to look frayed.
Floss at least once a day.
Flossing is done to remove plaque and bacteria from in between your teeth and should be done at least once a day. It can also help keep your breath fresh by removing food and other debris that can get stuck between your teeth.
It is recommended that you gently push the floss all the way down your gum line before you hug the side of the tooth with an up and down motion. Avoid snapping the floss up and down. This can lead to pain and will not remove plaque or food as effectively.
Smoking is harmful to your immune system and can make it difficult for your body to heal, including the tissues in your mouth. Smoking also increases your risk for gum disease and can make your recovery slower after a dental procedure.
As you may already know, it will also cause your teeth to be yellow and can give you bad breath.
Reduce intake of sugary and starchy foods.
While many people enjoy sweets such as candy, ice cream, cake, etc., eating lots of foods with sugar can cause cavities. To protect your oral health, it is important to keep your consumption of sugary foods low to reduce your risk of cavities and other dental health issues.
Starchy foods such as crackers, bread, pasta, and chips should also be limited because they can lead to tooth decay. When you chew these foods, they tend to stay in the mouth and break down into simple sugars. Acid-producing bacteria feed on this sugar and can cause tooth decay.
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