Our teeth are made to last, and with proper care, can last a life time. Yet, poor dental hygiene and skipping dental appointments can make it hard for your teeth to last. From brushing correctly to regular cleanings, there are several ways you can help keep your teeth and mouth healthy and your smile beautiful.
Long Term Oral Care
Brushing – Everyone knows that brushing is important, but it takes more than just a toothbrush and toothpaste to get the job done right. Toothbrushes are not created equal and it is important to find one that works best for you. Electric toothbrushes are known to work best, but if your preference is a manual toothbrush then you can still achieve clean teeth. It is best to choose a brush with soft bristles and hold the brush at a forty-five-degree angle so you don’t damage your gums.
Flossing – While flossing often takes a backseat to brushing on the importance ranking, it can be even more vital to your gum health. Flossing correctly can help you remove the plaque and food particles that like to hide between your teeth and cause gum inflammation. Be sure not to snap the floss between your teeth and to be gentle when flossing so you don’t do more harm than good.
Mouthwash – Mouthwash doesn’t have to be a part of your daily care routine, but it can help in several ways. It can kill cavity causing bacteria in your mouth, lowering your chances of both tooth decay and gum disease. Most will also help give you fresh breath. Yet, it is important to choose one that doesn’t have a high amount of alcohol since high levels of alcohol can actually damage your tooth’s enamel.
Dental visits – Even brushing and flossing twice a day wont remove all the plaque and bacteria from your mouth. Plaque can turn into tartar which can only be removed with a deep clean from your dentist. This will help keep your gums healthy and your teeth strong. Dentists will also spot signs of possible cavities and gum disease before they become more painful and expensive problems.
Healthy Teeth for Life
Having healthy teeth will save you time and money in the long run and good oral habits will help you achieve that goal. If you live in the Edmonton, AB area and would like more information or tips on keeping your teeth and gums healthy please contact Kingsway Dental Centre today.