Keeping your gums and teeth healthy should be a priority. In addition, be aware of the potential problems which can result from poor oral hygiene. Continue reading to learn more about your dental health.
Brush ALL of your teeth, every single time. The act of brushing your teeth seems simple enough, so why do so many people do it incorrectly. A recent survey of dentists reveals that one of the most common mistakes people make is brushing only their front teeth. Don’t focus on brushing only the teeth that other people see. Your molars and other back teeth are equally important, so don’t neglect them!
When picking out your next tooth brush, make sure to avoid one that is too hard. Professionals recommend that you use either a soft or medium-soft brush regularly. The hard bristles can be way too tough on your gums and can also wear away at the enamel covering your teeth!
Don’t make your kids stop chewing on the toothbrushes they use. Even though brushing is still necessary, just biting on a toothbrush can clean the teeth somewhat. In addition, children often chew on toothbrushes as part of the process of getting used to them; if your child chews on the brush, he or she is more likely to let you help brush teeth afterwards.
Do you have tooth sensitivity? Start by switching to a toothpaste or mouthwash formulated for sensitive mouths, then make an appointment with your dentist. The sensitivity could be indicative of an inflamed nerve or a cavity in a tooth. You want to get quick treatment on this.
It’s important to brush your teeth at least twice a day. The first time should be after breakfast to get rid of all the gunk on your teeth from your meal and from sleeping overnight. The second time is before bed, ensuring that you clean off dinner detritus and daily build-up.
If you have missing teeth, you may be thinking about dentures. Permanent constructions, however, are a much better choice as dentures only have about one-fifth of the strength of regular teeth. Permanent options such as bridges will keep your teeth strong and allow you to live a more comfortable life.
A great tip when it comes to dental hygiene is to avoid extreme temperature changes. When you go from a particularly hot environment to a cold one (or visa versa) your teeth can become very sensitive and in some cases, you can damage the enamel. This also means you shouldn’t eat hot and cold foods together.
If you are visiting your dentist for cosmetic reasons, always choose the less invasive treatments. For example is you are choosing between crowns and veneers, always opt for veneers. Veneers only require you to trim back a bit of your tooth, while crowns involve a lot more and are more damaging.
Do your vices include chewing on ice cubes? If so, you may want to rethink your habit. Chewing on ice can cause your teeth to chip and crack and your nerves can be bothered from the coldness of it. If you need to chew, try sugarless gum instead. To avoid temptation, do not put ice in drinks.
Some people incorrectly assume that the higher price a dentist charges, the better he or she must be. This is not the best way to determine which dentist is your best bet. The best way to find out which dentists are the most skilled, accommodating and effective is to seek recommendations and reviews. Ask friends and family members for feedback on dentists, or search online for more information.
Without proper care for your tongue, teeth and gums, you would face critical health issues. It is much better to be proactive by learning about the best way to take care of your mouth and teeth. Use the information above to help your teeth remain their healthiest.