Remember when you were a kid and your parents used to harass you about whether you had brushed your teeth? There was a good reason for that. Taking good care of oral hygiene protects you from several oral diseases and you only get one set of adult teeth, and the better you take care of them, the longer they will last you.
Unfortunately oral hygiene and teeth care are often the first things that get neglected. Many employers don’t provide dental insurance along with health benefits, for one thing. Many people also learn to hate the dentist, as even a simple cleaning is sometimes uncomfortable, and often comes with bad news — other work that has to be done.
By taking better care of your oral hygiene and teeth, however, you can have healthy teeth and make your visits to the dentist more pleasant and less likely to be accompanied with bad news.
Here Are A Few Tips For Better Oral Hygiene And Teeth Care:
• Rinse Your Mouth And Brush Your Teeth After Every Meal:
Twice a day is the bare minimum for how often you should brush your teeth: once when you get up, and again before you go to bed. For the best care, however, you should really brush after every meal, and especially after eating sweets. Carry a travel toothbrush in your purse, or stash an extra toothbrush in your desk so that you can brush at work, which is where most of us spend the majority of our waking hours.
• Use A Good Mouthwash:
Consult your dentist for advice on which mouthwashes are best to use. A cheaper alternative is to swish with half water, half hydrogen peroxide before you brush. It tastes terrible, but it will kill the bacteria in your mouth and help to loosen food particles to make brushing more effective. (You can also mix the peroxide with mouthwash to make it taste a little better.)
• Floss Everyday:
Flossing is important! It loosens and removes food particles that get up under your gum line and between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. If your gums bleed when you floss, it actually means you need to floss more! It’s the infection in your gums that makes them prone to bleeding, so if you floss more often, you won’t experience the sensitivity and bleeding when your hygienist flosses for you at your next dental cleaning.
• Get Your Teeth Cleaned Twice A Year:
Seeing your dentist twice a year does two things. On one hand it is preventative, as your hygienist is able to do a better job cleaning than you do at home with your toothbrush and floss, and she can point out any places you are missing. This allows you to nip any potential cavities in the bud! In addition, if you do have problems developing, getting your teeth checked every six months will ensure that your dentist will catch any decay, loose teeth, cracks, and so on before they get too much worse, hopefully minimizing the amount of work that has to be done — and the cost to you!
Taking better care of your teeth and oral hygiene only takes a few extra minutes every day, plus the hour or so twice a year to have your teeth cleaned, but it can really pay off in the long run. Isn’t it worth a few minutes every day to increase your chances of keeping your teeth into old age and keeping your mouth disease free?
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