People have been told you for most of your life, at least since you’ve been able to hold a toothbrush that it is important to take care of your teeth. You have probably been scolded at least once by your dentist. Even though the nagging can be irritating, it is also true. Taking good care of your teeth is of major consequence. Its a fact that if your teeth aren’t healthy it will be more difficult for the rest of you to stay healthy. Saying that proper dental care can save your life is not an exaggeration. Here are a few tips on how to improve your oral health.
Make sure that you are actually brushing your teeth. It’s necessary to devote some care to brushing, not just move the brush through your mouth for five or ten seconds. Most people don’t brush long enough (dentists suggest at least 2 minutes) or frequently enough (at least 2x per day). Your mouth can be divided into four sections -upper left, upper right, etc. and you should scrub each area for a minimum of thirty seconds.
Set a timer if you have to. It’s typical for people to overestimate how long they brush for, so it’s worth timing yourself.
If you want to get more out of brushing your teeth, buy an electric toothbrush made by a quality brand. You’re best bet for an electric toothbrush would be the SoniCare model. It is a little bit costly but the money it can help you save in dental bills is worth it. The name of the brush comes from the fact that it uses sonic waves to get rid of substances that get trapped in your teeth or gums. Using such an advanced toothbrush does not, however, take away the need for regular flossing. Don’t feel that you have to buy a SoniCare though, as there are also less expensive brands that will still clean your teeth more efficiently than a plain old toothbrush.
Dentists have updated their recommendation for the type of toothbrush you should use. It used to be that you should use firm bristles because they will scrape away most of the gunk. Despite this advantage of a firm brush, this also has the disadvantage of causing damage to the teeth, which is why dentists now recommend a soft or medium brush instead. If you have any confusion about what kind of brush to use, ask your dentist.
It’s always best to listen to your dentist!
Proper teeth care doesn’t have to be complicated. Most of what you have to do is extremely easy. You simply go through the routine each morning and evening and at your six month checkups your dentist should be happy. Yet ignoring these habits, or only doing them when you feel like it, will prevent them from helping you. The health of your teeth and gums is an often neglected but extremely vital aspect of your overall health. Good dental health is essential, not only for your teeth and gums, but for the condition of the rest of your body as well.