Dental Habits For Healthy Teeth
When you were growing up as a child, it’s likely that your parents told you that you have to brush your teeth at least twice a day if you want to have great oral health. And if you didn’t get that message, it’s important that you start adhering to it now. However, before you just go and grab any toothbrush, it’s important to note that brushing your teeth daily isn’t the only thing that you should consider for great oral health. In fact, many people who brush twice daily are surprised to find out that they don’t have quite the oral health that they thought they did, which could result in needing more extensive care from your dentist. Here are some tips to limit the possibilities of your teeth being damaged.
Are You Using The Right Toothbrush?
This one is very important, so you should probably make note of it right away. The toothbrush that you have in your medicine cabinet may not be the best brush for you and your mouth. That’s right. Brushing your teeth routinely won’t matter, especially if you’re not using the right toothbrush.
The first thing that you’ll want to consider when looking at your toothbrush is whether or not it has a head that is accommodating for your mouth. Many people use larger brushes and think that this is better for covering more space. However, larger brushes make it more difficult to get into the small cracks and crevices of your cavity. Therefore, make sure that your brush is the perfect size for your mouth.
In addition to the size of your head, you’ll also want to make sure that you are using a toothbrush that has bristles that are the right strength. The problem here is that many people will opt for a brush with hard bristles, as they think it is helpful with breaking off pieces of plaque and bacteria, or soft bristles, because anything harder is too rough on the teeth and gums. However, the best option for you may be a medium-strength toothbrush, which often offers the best strength for your mouth. If you have further questions about which bristle strength is best for you, your dentist can give you more advice and insight into your specific case.
Is Your Toothbrush Still In Great Condition?
Maybe you already have a toothbrush that fits perfectly and has bristles with the right strength. However, now it’s time to ask how long you’ve been using that brush. If it’s been more than three months, you’ve gone too long and it’s time for a replacement. If you are a hard brusher, you may even need to change out your toothbrush more frequently. To determine whether or not you need a new brush, take a look at the bristles. If they aren’t standing upright and instead fall to the side, that’s a great indicator that it’s time to make the change.
Don’t Forget To Floss
Your dentist is likely going to be quite happy with you if you brush your teeth at least twice a day. However, if you want them to be even more impressed with the care that you give your teeth, then you won’t want to skip out on flossing as well. Flossing is vital for building strong gums, and it will also help to break up small particles that your toothbrush can’t reach. While it’s highly recommended that you brush at least twice daily, you should also try and fit in flossing at least once a day as well.
Use Mouthwash When In A Hurry
Your dentist is likely going to tell you that mouthwash should not be used on its own for the best oral care. After all, mouthwash doesn’t have the strength that a toothbrush or floss does. With mouthwash you are simply cleansing your mouth of bacteria without giving your teeth and gums a really good scrubbing. However, if you truly don’t have the time to brush your teeth, then using mouthwash is a wonderful way to keep your breath smelling great and to clean out your mouth.
You only get one set of teeth – or at least one natural set, that is. Therefore, keep these tips in mind when at home if you want to have the best oral care possible. The next time you visit your dentist, they’ll be sure to applaud you for your efforts and you’ll be pleased with how beautiful your smile looks.