1. Make Sure You're Brushing Correctly
Everyone knows that they need to brush their teeth regularly. Unfortunately,
many adults forgot the lessons they received in the dentist's office
as kids a long time ago--and some of them never learned how to brush correctly
in the first place. If you feel that your brushing habits might not be
up to par, make sure you're taking note of these key steps:
- Brush every surface of your teeth: the chewing surface, the front and back,
and the sides, if you can get to them.
- Use a small amount of toothpaste. If you have swallowing issues or struggle
with the taste of your toothpaste, try a different brand until you find
one that you can use.
- Brush your tongue and the roof of your mouth to help clear away nasty bacteria
and keep your breath smelling fresher.
- Try to remember to brush at least twice a day.
- Don't brush too vigorously! Excessive brushing can cause damage to
- Brush for at least three minutes whenever you brush your teeth.
2. Floss Those Teeth
In general, the rule of thumb about flossing is this: you should only floss
the teeth you want to keep. Small food particles can end up trapped between
your teeth. Over time, they lead to an increase in bacteria and can cause
cavities, gum disease, and more. Make sure to floss your teeth on a regular
basis. If you have the chance to floss after every meal, it's great
for your teeth! If that's not an option for you, try to remember to
floss at least once a day.
3. Use the Right Toothbrush
With all that effort you're putting into brushing and flossing, you
want to make sure that you've chosen the right toothbrush to do it!
Ideally, you want a brush that:
- Is easy for you to grip
- Has the right head size to move around easily in your mouth--if you have
a smaller mouth, choose a smaller toothbrush
- Has soft bristles
- Has been changed at least every three months--more often if you've
4. Skip the Sugary Snacks
Sugary snacks and drinks are some of the worst things you can do for your
teeth. The more often you eat them, especially if you're prone to
munching all day long, the longer that sugar has to sit on your teeth,
gradually eroding them. Instead, make a habit of skipping the excess sugar.
This includes drinks like teas and soda, which can stain your teeth and
do them plenty of damage. Instead, try drinking water. If you must drink
tea or soda with your lunch, try drinking it with a straw, which will
limit the time your teeth are exposed to sugary beverages.
Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is the best way to take care of
your teeth, but in between dental visits, you'll have to take care
of them yourself. Don't be trapped by bad oral habits! By taking these
four key steps, you can help keep your smile healthy and bright. If you
need more tips on regular oral care or you're ready to set up a dentist
contact us today to learn more about how we can help.