Having a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime starts with healthy teeth and gums. While daily brushing and flossing prevent many dental problems, another important aspect of preserving your oral health is regular visits to a dentist. Here are some tips for maintaining a bright and healthy smile:
1) A Proper Home Hygiene Routine
Brushing in the morning and at night for two minutes is vital. An ADA approved toothbrush with soft bristles help ensure that you get the most out of your oral hygiene routine. The soft bristles reach many of the nooks and crannies between teeth and reduce the chance of damaging enamel or scraping gums. Brush at a 45-degree angle from the gum line and up to cover the entire surface of the tooth. Short, tooth-wide strokes are effective. It is also best to replace your toothbrush every three months.
Flossing is as important as brushing. Flossing removes food particles and germs that even your soft-bristled toothbrush cannot reach. Bacteria in the crevices and pockets surrounding teeth cause tooth decay and gum disease. Start with an 18 to 22-inch piece of floss and use a new section for every tooth.
2) Use a Mouthwash or Dental Rinse
Rising your mouth with an appropriate mouthwash can add another layer of protection. There are rinses that address tartar buildup and dry mouth as well as those that provide additional fluoride and help fight gum-disease.
3) Routine Dental Visits for Prevention
Despite maintaining good oral hygiene, it is still necessary to visit a dentist. Plaque and tartar often form in hard to reach areas of the mouth. Professional dental tools remove this stubborn material. By preventing tooth decay and gum disease, a dental professional reduces your chances of tooth and bone loss.
4) A Healthy Diet Promotes Healthy Teeth
Foods with a lot of sugar attract bacteria and lead to tooth decay. Crunchy fruits and vegetables clean the teeth. The fiber scrapes away germs and produces saliva. Saliva neutralizes the acid in your mouth and assists in the prevention of tooth decay. The acid in citrus drinks can erode enamel. Rinse the mouth with water after their consumption. Drinking with a straw lessens the contact of your teeth with harmful beverages.
5) Avoid Tobacco Products
Tobacco products harm teeth and gums. It depletes the bloodstream of oxygen. With less oxygen, the gums are vulnerable to infection. Try to avoid tobacco products like cigarettes, chewing tobacco, or cigars.
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