Personal Dental Care: How To Have Teeth For A Lifetime
Thanks to better in-office dental treatments and
at-home care, more people find it easier to manage
their personal dental care.
Although there are some conditions and diseases that
can facilitate tooth loss, the products and technology
today gives people more control to help keep their
original teeth until they get old.
The most common suggestions to have a healthy set of
teeth for a lifetime is to constantly brush and floss
them. Most teeth and mouth problems are triggered or
caused by plaque, an icky layer of bacteria, food
particles and other organic matter that forms on the
surface of the teeth.
The bacteria found in plaque are responsible for
producing acids that cause cavities to form. Plaque is
also responsible for periodontal disease, an infection
that can damage the tissues and erode the bone
surrounding the teeth.
The best way to remove plaque and destroy its chances
of building up is through brushing and flossing.
Regular brushing and flossing is really needed so that
the plaque won’t have the chance to accumulate and
Don’t Be A Sloppy Brusher Most of the people have been
taught the proper technique of brushing the teeth when
they were kids.
However, as people get older, they tend to disregard
the proper way of brushing and just brush their teeth
sloppily. If you think that simply brushing your teeth
all round and making bubbles is enough to get rid of
the plaque and other food debris, think again.
You may just be wasting your time, effort and
toothpaste if you don’t practice the proper technique
of brushing your teeth. It takes more than instinctive
brushing to get your toothbrush bristles to remove
plaque without injuring your gums.
If you really want to know the proper way to brush
your teeth, you can visit a dental hygienist or a
dentist so that they can show you the proper way to do
General Tips About Brushing You need to brush your
teeth at least twice a day. Perhaps the most important
time to brush your teeth is just before you go to
sleep because during sleep, the production of saliva
decreases, making the teeth more vulnerable to the
attack of bacterial acids.
It’s not advisable to brush more than three times a
day because it may cause the gums to recede in the
long run. When brushing your teeth, make sure not to
make the strokes too harsh because it will also cause
the gums to recede or bleed.
Imagine this: plaque sticks to the teeth just like jam
sticks to a wooden ladle. Rinsing the wooden ladle
won’t really remove the jam, instead, light and
constant brushing will be able to do the trick.
Brushing too hard will damage the ladle, which will
also have the same damage to the teeth and gums. Don’t
rush when you are brushing your teeth. Two minutes is
the recommended time to adequately remove the food and
plaque build-up on your teeth.
Change your toothbrush regularly.
Don’t be a scrooge when it comes to toothbrushes
because they are the primary weapon for personal
dental care. They don’t cost a lot so when you notice
that your toothbrush has been with you for three
months already, or if you already that the bristles of
your toothbrush has already began to splay, it’s high
time that you replace it with a new toothbrush.