You only have one set of permanent teeth that will last you a lifetime. Once you lose one, there is no getting it back, although there are now dental procedures that replace your natural teeth with artificial but natural-looking substitutes. But how can you have complete dental cares o you wouldn’t have to worry about any dental problems that would hurt your smile?
Complete dental care tip #1 Brush regularly and properly
There is no easy way to say this – most people neglect the power of regular and proper brushing of their teeth. Some forget brushing their teeth before sleeping at night, and some do not know how to clean their teeth the right way. According to the American Dental Association, you can start brushing your teeth with your toothbrush at a specific angle (45 degrees) that slowly and gently strokes starting from the gums down to the bottom of your teeth in a back-and-forth motion. Holding the brush in a vertical position, do short strokes to clean the back of your teeth where plaque build-up usually happens. Doing this at least twice a day increases your teeth’s defence against decay and damage.
Complete dental care tip #2 Use floss and mouthwash
These two dental activities are also things people neglect when getting complete dental care. They either do not feel the need for it, or they just do not know how to do it properly. Flossing your teeth is important because when you add it to your dental care regimen, you can be sure that germs stuck in between your teeth get properly removed. Use any brand of floss made of strong fibres so that it can effectively remove food debris or other particles stuck on your teeth. Use an appropriate length so you can make sure that a fresh part of the floss cleans the spaces between your teeth and avoid reinserting removed debris to other parts of your dental cavity.
Use mouthwash to make sure that the dirt and germs dislodged by brushing and flossing are really removed from your dental cavity. Since the bristles and floss fibres can still miss some parts of your teeth and gums, using a potent mouthwash that is not irritating your gums and tongue can ensure your complete dental care into ‘completion’.
Complete dental care tip #3 Change your toothbrush on a regular basis
Because your toothbrush cleans your teeth thoroughly, and if you are using them frequently, its wear-and-tear is indeed inevitable. When not cleaned effectively after use, the bristles of your brush can harbour the germs and bacteria you removed from your dental cavity, and these gross elements may breed and get reintroduced into your mouth if you continue using a dirty and worn-out toothbrush. Set a regular toothbrush change schedule every three to four months so that you can avoid the situations mentioned earlier.
Complete dental care tip #4 Avoid sugary or acidic food and drinks
Now that you know how to brush and floss your teeth as well as use mouthwash correctly, limiting your intake of less healthy foods is the next tip. Sugar in your diet can be broken down as energy, but on the teeth, too much sugar can produce acid that damages their surfaces called the enamel, which in turn starts tooth decay and damage. Although chocolates and other sugary treats can lift your spirits up, as they say, eating too many sweets and not brushing regularly can really hurt your smile.
Complete dental care tip #5 Visit your dentist regularly
If you have been following the first four tips, their effectivity cannot be measured without seeing your dentist! They have the knowledge as well as the instruments to determine if your complete dental care is working or not. Every one of us finds it difficult to visualise our whole dental cavity, right? So having a trusted partner to look over our dental cavity is much better. Make sure to visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular check-ups and cleaning to make sure that you indeed have effective complete dental care!