Taking care of your teeth is as much your responsibility as it is your dentist. This makes it imperative that you understand what you should do and what you should not do regarding regular dental hygiene. The fate of your oral health depends on you knowing the following do’s and dont’s.
A Set of Do’s
Pre-emptive Plaque Attack
Plaque is a film of bacteria that forms on your teeth. There are millions of bacteria trying to use this film to colonize your teeth. You want to remove the film as soon as you see it because if you do not, it could turn into tartar. You will need your dentist to remove it at this point.
Always brush away from the gums and do so for two full minutes. Be sure to floss and use mouthwash. It is preferable that you use a toothpaste that contains fluoride for maximum care.
Make sure that you keep up with your dental visits. These could help discover issues early on to ensure the minimum amount of damage to your dental health, and your wallet!
A List of Don’ts
Brushing is not always good, especially if you are doing it incorrectly. Do not let the bristles bend more than halfway down; this usually means you are brushing too hard. This could erode your enamel, which puts you in danger of cavities and may even lead to sensitive teeth. You should not brush toward your gums because you could injure them or even cause gum recession. Lastly, timing is essential. Brush your teeth for two minutes minimum to ensure cleanliness.
Try not to share your oral cleansing tools. It is easy to transfer bacteria from person to person, and you do not need any more oral pathogens attempting to wreck havoc in your mouth. The bacteria in your mouth is different than the person you are sharing with and the lingering viruses could be more harmful to you than them.
It is important to stay away from habits that could lead to dental issues, such as smoking or drinking sodas or juices full of processed sugar. Smoking hurts cells and your mouth’s ability to fight off infections while processed sugar feeds bacteria, not to mention the fact that acidic drinks like sodas erode your enamel.
Teeth grinding is a common issue that can be harmful to your teeth. It would be wise to try to stop doing this, or purchase a mouth guard if you notice that you do it often. Some do this at night, making it harder to control. This is usually linked to stress, so be sure to consult with your dentist if you discover you have this issue.
You are encouraged to talk to your dentist about any of these do’s or don’ts to find out more information. There is always more to learn, and you should do everything you can to promote good oral health.