Looking after your dental hygiene is extremely important, but often overlooked. It’s one of those things where you don’t really think about it until you really need to, ie when you have pain or there is a problem.
But the thing is, a lot of the dental health problems (eg gum disease, toothache) can be avoided by making sure we practice good dental hygiene.
So to help you with that, here are five tips to make sure you are looking after your dental hygiene well:
1. Use fluoride toothpaste
There is a reason why brushing our teeth with toothpaste is so common and so highly recommended – it’s because they really help make sure that our teeth are looked after.
Here’s something to note – when you get your toothpaste to make sure it is one with fluoride. Fluoride makes a huge difference to the health of your teeth by preventing tooth decay, and by replacing lost minerals. It helps make your teeth stronger, so it’s a small thing you can do that will have a big impact on the health of your teeth.
2. Brush at least twice every day
Most people just brush once a day – after they wake up. But it is also really important at least one more time – before you go to bed. When we sleep, the bacteria in your mouth don’t rest – they are always around, always doing their stuff. So if you don’t brush your teeth after dinner, the food particles in your mouth play havoc on your teeth and gum. It might not be evident overnight, but continue to do it and there will be a price to pay.
So to reduce the damage, make sure you clean your teeth at least twice a day.
3. Don’t eat or drink after brushing your teeth at night
Once you finish your dinner and brush your teeth, make sure that you don’t eat or drink anything except water. If you do, you effectively negate the impact of brushing your teeth. So unless you plan to brush your teeth again, don’t eat or drink.
4. Don’t rinse after your night-time brushing
Rinsing your mouth is like a normal thing to do after brushing your teeth. But did you know that it actually can be better for you if you don’t rinse your teeth after brushing at night?
When you rinse after brushing, you are rinsing away the fluoride in your toothpaste, and that stuff helps make sure that bacteria don’t damage your teeth. So by not rinsing after brushing at night, you leave the fluoride in place which in effect help minimise the bacteria in your mouth harming your teeth and gum.
It will feel a bit weird at first, not rinsing your mouth after brushing, but give it a shot.
5. Reduce your sugar intake
There has been a lot of talk of late about how damaging sugar can be to our health.
Sugar plays a particularly detrimental role to our dental hygiene, as it is the sugar in our mouth that the bacteria feast on, which then leads to problems like plaque, cavities, etc.
So when you reduce the amount of sugar you have, you also lower the damage the bacteria can do.
Prevention makes a huge difference. Don’t wait for your teeth to become bad to start looking after them.
Look after your teeth, as they have a massive impact on the quality of your life.
Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments. Do you have any tips for better dental hygiene?
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