Poor oral hygiene can lead to a series of dental infections such as gum diseases and tooth decay. If left untreated, these infections can lead to more serious health issues like respiratory infections, diabetes, low birth weight in newborns and even oral cancer.
By taking good care of your teeth, gums and mouth, you can protect them for life. All you need is to put in the effort required to make that possible. To be honest, it’s very easy; just follow these oral hygiene instructions to the letter.
Brush, floss, rinse
Brush your teeth properly with fluoride toothpaste twice a day, preferably after breakfast and before bedtime. Floss properly at least once a day. Since brushing and flossing is not enough, incorporate mouthwash into your oral care routine.
Do not rinse your mouth immediately after brushing.
If you want the brilliance of shiny white, healthy teeth, avoid tobacco and related products. It will not only save you from teeth discoloration and periodontal complications but also oral cancer. That’s why you need to say goodbye to tobacco for good.
Limit fizzy drinks and alcohol
These beverages contain high levels of phosphorus necessary for a healthy mouth, however, excessive consumption depletes the body`s level of calcium. In turn, it causes gum disease, tooth decay and discoloration.
Take it low on the sugar
Sugar is the chief culprit of tooth decay. Acidity and bacteria are fueled in the mouth and eat away the enamel and gum. Try and cut down on sugary treats.
Tip: Do not brush your teeth immediately after eating sugary foods or acidic drinks. Brushing only deepens the acid into the enamel. To be safe; just drink water, chew sugar-free gum or wait at least half an hour before brushing.
Do not overuse your toothbrush
It’s not really a good idea to overuse your toothbrush. As a matter of fact, overusing electric toothbrushes can harm your teeth more than it can help them. An overused manual toothbrush is not safe either. It can not only harm your teeth, but makes it ineffective in cleaning your teeth properly as well.
Dentists recommend changing your toothbrush every 3 months or when it shows signs of wear.
Do not use your teeth as a tool
Dentists have reported patients rely on their teeth for odd jobs such as uncapping soda bottles and straightening a bent fork. That intemperate pressure on the tooth can cause it to crack.
Respect your teeth enough not to chew ice or any hard substance.
Avoiding the dentist
Do not fear the dentist. Fear the consequences of avoiding the dentist. If it makes you feel better, the world of dentistry has advanced. Most, if not all dental procures are now less painful, more comfortable and shorter recovery time than in past years.
To keep dental problems at bay, make a point of visiting your dentist twice a year.
Be good to your teeth, it will thank you later!