Cavities and gum disease can be prevented by relatively simple daily hygiene. Don’t hesitate to ask your dentist for advice! In the meantime, here are the 10 golden rules for taking care of your teeth.
1) Brush Your Teeth Twice a Day
Dental plaque, a whitish deposit where bacteria thrive, is the cause of cavities and gum inflammation. As it builds up again within a few hours, it is essential to remove it by brushing at least twice a day. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after every meal, but as this is not always possible on a daily basis, dentists advise brushing twice a day for two minutes.
2) Choose a soft toothbrush.
For effective and pleasant brushing, it is important to choose the right toothbrush. Ideally, its bristles should be soft. A hard toothbrush can damage the gums and tooth enamel, especially for children! A worn toothbrush is not effective either. Electric toothbrushes can be used to advantage, provided that the tip is changed regularly.
3) Use the correct brushing technique
Place the toothbrush at a 45° angle over the teeth and gums and brush the teeth and gums, upper and lower jaw separately, from gum to tooth, in a rotating motion. Ideally, brushing should last 3 minutes, but if it lasts 2 minutes, that’s fine!
4) Follow up your brushing with flossing
Flossing in addition to brushing removes plaque from the sides of the teeth. For people with loose teeth or dentures that leave spaces inaccessible to the brush, it is important to use sticks or interdental brushes to remove plaque at the base of the teeth and stimulate the gums.
5) Consider the electric toothbrush
An electric toothbrush has many advantages, and many people can’t live without it! Its small head fits everywhere, and the movements that dentists advise us to make are done by the electric brush itself. They are more effective on plaque than manual brushing. At the same time, they reduce the risk of tooth decay. also reduces the risk of bleeding.
6) Healthy Eating
We recommend a healthy diet that involves fruits, vegetables, protein, and carbs. It will ensure that you get a balanced intake of many micro and macro-nutrients daily, which is crucial for your overall health. Vitamin C supports normal collagen formation, which is essential for normal gum function.
7) Change your toothbrush every 3 months
It is necessary to change your toothbrush regularly, ideally every three months. Don’t wait until it no longer looks good, because when the bristles are folded, brushing is no longer effective. Also, if you have been ill, be sure to throw away your toothbrush after you have healed to get rid of the germs that remain in the bristles. Keep in mind that your toothbrush is also a haven for bacteria, so sticking to only one for more than 3 months will make you vulnerable to infections and diseases, completely defeating the whole purpose behind brushing your teeth.
8) Scheduling Hygiene Appointments And Dental Exams
An annual visit to the dentist is an opportunity to detect early decay and to remove plaque. If plaque is not detected in time, it develops deep down and forms a pocket between the base of the tooth and the gum, which can lead to tooth loosening in the long term. Not to mention the cavities that can develop without you even feeling it!
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