Your teeth are important if you want to enjoy eating food. This is why you need to take care of them, in order to ensure they remain in good condition. Good oral hygiene also helps to protect your gums and your mouth as a whole.
As you eat each day, plaque builds up on your teeth. If you do not brush and floss regularly, plaque can end up damaging the enamel on your teeth. This is how cavities begin to be formed. If plaque builds up along your gum line, you could fall victim to gum disease. We are going to look at how regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist help you protect your teeth and prevent problems from occurring.
How to brush your teeth effectively
You should always brush your teeth twice each day. Do not brush your teeth too much as you can cause damage to your teeth and gums if you do. Use fluoride toothpaste and brush your teeth this way:
- Using a toothbrush with soft bristles, brush all sides of your teeth.
- Use short strokes, back and forth and in a circular manner.
- Make sure that you brush along your gum line, but do not be too rough. Gentle brushing is best.
Brushing in this way helps to protect your teeth, but you also need to floss as part of any effective tooth car routine.
The best way to floss your teeth
Using dental floss helps you to get rid of plaque that you cannot reach with a toothbrush; you should floss your teeth once a day. When using dental floss, you should never force it, just move it between your teeth in a rubbing motion. Once you get to the gum, move the floss across your tooth and slide it gently so that it fits between the gum and the tooth. Once you have finished flossing you should throw away the floss you have used. Re-used floss is not as effective and you run the risk of spreading bacteria around your mouth.
The importance of visiting a dentist
Even if you take care of your teeth, you still need to have regular dental check-ups. You should have your teeth and gums checked by a dental professional, at least once every six months. If you have any pain, experience any bleeding from your gums or suspect that you have a cavity, you should make an appointment to see a dentist straight away.
During dental visits, you do not only get your teeth checked, you can also get the benefit of dental cleaning. This is a more in-depth type of cleaning that is necessary to keep your teeth protected.
Neglecting the care of your teeth can result in the occurrence of destructive cavities. You can end up in pain, having problems with eating and even losing your teeth. Gum disease can be even more destructive. You can help avoid dental issues by brushing and flossing your teeth as regularly as you should, and by keeping up with visits to the dentist.