No matter how many times we are told that taking care of our teeth is important, sometimes they still don’t get the attention they deserve. We’re told to brush three times a day, but we only manage two. We’re told to floss, but we just can’t find the time. We do our best, but in the back of our minds we know that we’re not taking proper care of our teeth.
If this sounds like you, there’s no better time to start changing your habits. Properly taking care of your teeth can not only prevent future dental problems, but it’s better for your overall healthy, and it can give you more confidence in your smile. With all of these benefits on the line, it’s important to know the best ways to care for your teeth. Here are the five things you’ll want to do:
Make Brushing a Priority
First, make sure brushing your teeth after every meal is a priority. You should be brushing your teeth each morning before you go to work, after you have your lunch, and before bed at night. Grab yourself a small travel toothbrush that you can use at work along with a small thing of toothpaste. You might feel odd, since other people aren’t brushing their teeth in the bathroom at work, but don’t let that stop you. You’ll be the one with healthier teeth and fresher breathe throughout the day!
When you brush, make sure you’re using the correct technique. This will make sure your teeth get a proper cleaning without eroding any of the enamel. Here is more information on the proper brushing techniqueto get you started.
Add in Flossing
Most of us know that we should be flossing, but we don’t do it anyway. Flossing is time consuming, annoying, and sometimes painful if you haven’t done it in a while. All of these factors contribute to us avoiding flossing. However, flossing is really one of the best things you can do for your teeth, and it’s a vital part of proper oral care.
Make an effort to add flossing to your daily routine – either before you go to work in the morning or at night before bed. Try to do it every day for a week and see if you can turn it into a habit. Once you become more accustomed to flossing it will get easier and you’ll be more likely to do it going forward.
Rinse Out Your Mouth
The third thing you should add to your daily routine is rinsing your mouth. A good mouth rinse will not only take care of hard to reach place on your teeth, but will also clean areas like your gums. Grab some mouthwash in a flavor you like and start using it at least once a day. If you don’t like the kind that burns your mouth, there are no less severe options out there for you. Or you can go with a salt-water mixture. A quick rinse once a day will do a lot to help your teeth and improve your breath at the same time.
Set Up Regular Visits to Your Dentist
Even if you take proper care of your teeth every day, you still need to visit a dentist regularly. Dentists can do things that we can’t do on our own, so it’s important that you make your way over a few times each year. For instance, dentists can perform x-rays, which according to 44 West Dental Professionalscan “screen for and detect problems that aren’t obvious during a routine clinical exam. X-rays can identify cavities, certain periodontal problems, and other pathology of the teeth and jawbone.” Detecting problems early is often the best thing you can do to treat them, so don’t go too long without visiting your dentist.
Watch What You Eat
Finally, you’ll want to establish some healthy eating habits. For example, sugary foods are more likely to erode the enamel on your teeth. Or if you drink too much coffee, you may find that your teeth are becoming more yellow. In order to best care for your teeth, it’s important to not only clean them, but to be aware of what you’re doing to them in between cleanings. Here are a list of foods and drinksyou should watch out for. You don’t have to ban them altogether, just remember to consume them in moderation.
Make Oral Care a Priority
The above items may sound like a lot of work, but they don’t have to be. After doing each of them for a while they will become a habit, and then you’ll do them automatically. Just give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning and at night to take proper care of your teeth, watch what you eat and drink, and don’t go too long without visiting the dentist. If you can do this, you should have no trouble taking proper care of your teeth.