It is becoming increasingly common to find people with oral and dental issues, such as stained teeth, pain in the gums, teeth plaque and subsequent infections. This is quite alarming, as most of these problems could be easily avoided and prevented if people follow some general rules on maintaining good oral health.
For your convenience, listed below are some of these helpful tips:
- Remember to Brush Your Teeth Properly – The main problem with brushing teeth is not that people forget to do it, but rather that they do it incorrectly. Sadly, people get used to rushing through this daily task from the childhood, which means that they fail to get their toothbrush into the harder to reach areas in their mouth. To prevent this, consider extending your daily brushing sessions so that you get enough time to brush each and every possible section. Brushing your teeth twice or thrice a day (preferably after each meal) should be sufficient for almost everyone.
- Replace Worn Toothbrushes – Whenever your find that the bristles in your toothbrush are bent and out of shape, you should consider replacing it. Worn toothbrushes fail to properly clean your teeth, which will lead to plaque build-up and discolouration, which will force you to resort to using a teeth whitening kit.
- Floss Regularly – Brushing your teeth should get rid of most of the food particles in your mouth, but not all of them. To make your teeth brushing sessions more effective, you also need to floss your mouth. This will help immensely with cleaning the tiny surfaces between your teeth, which are quite hard to reach using a normal toothbrush.
- Avoid Alcohol and Coloured Beverages – Alcoholic drinks are known to be quite harmful to your teeth, but so are most sugary and coloured beverages that you can find in supermarkets. The latter may not have the same harmful effects on your body that alcoholic beverages have, but they are packed with sugar, food additives and colourings, and of these are not good for your teeth. Excessive sugar consumption causes cavities, while most additives and food colourings will cause discolouration and dulling of the teeth surfaces, requiring you to purchase a teeth whitening kit or to visit your dentist.
- Get Regular Teeth Check-Ups – Speaking of your local dentist, it is a good practice to schedule an appointment at least once a year to inspect your teeth and mouth. This will allow you to find out whether there are any issues with your oral health, whether it will be necessary to change your habits and whether you need to get your teeth removed or filled.