Today, we will talk about 7 ways to take care of your teeth at home.
1. Maintain an excellent oral health care routine.
Make sure you brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes. You should do this as soon as you get up in the morning, and right before you go to bed. When brushing your teeth, ensure to spend equal amounts of time in each quadrant of your mouth, and clean the front and back of your teeth.
Always brush your teeth gently in a circular motion. If you have trouble with your children brushing their teeth, we have some helpful tips on how to brush teeth for kids. Pro tip: electric toothbrushes are great because they usually have built-in timers. If you are using a manual brush try to keep a small timer in the bathroom or use your smartphone.
2. Replace your toothbrush regularly.
Many people forget to replace their toothbrushes. You should start using a new toothbrush at least every three months and also after you were sick. If your toothbrush starts to look worn, replace it as soon as possible. An older worn toothbrush doesn’t clean your teeth effectively and increases the risk for rising dental problems such as decay.
3. Flossing is a must.
Flossing removes food particles and plaque that has built up between your teeth. If these particles stay on your teeth, bacteria will increase throughout the night. Flossing only at night is fine for most people, but if you are prone to gum disease or tartar buildup, we recommend that you floss twice a day. Find more information on how to floss in our blog post.
4. The use of mouthwash.
Mouthwash, also known as an oral rinse, is a liquid product used to rinse your teeth, gums, and mouth. It usually contains an antiseptic to kill harmful bacteria that can live between your teeth and on your tongue. Rinsing with a mouthwash twice a day will help reduce plaque freshen your breath and assist in reducing cavities. In addition, it can help to keep your gums safe from gingivitis. For mouthwash recommendations please ask your dentist at your next visit.
5. Stay hydrated.
Drinking plenty of water every day helps us to stay healthy. It is generally recommended for a healthy adult to drink 1.5 liters of water per day. One water is the major component of your saliva which fights bacteria. It also helps to neutralize the acid that causes tooth decay and washes away excess food particles and bacteria. Furthermore, water keeps the soft tissues of the mouth moist and healthy and helps fight bad breath.
6. Be aware of teeth grinding.
Teeth grinding can be a result of stress anger concentrating or feeling anxiety. Many people grind their teeth during their sleep and do not even realize that they do so. If you experience worn tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, or torn cheek tissue, you may be grinding your teeth in your sleep. Although dentists can’t stop you from grinding your teeth, you can buy a special mouth guard to wear at night. This prevents you from wearing down your teeth. In most cases, a splint will only help with the symptoms and will not stop you from grinding altogether.
This Meyarn dental night guard is made of food-grade material. It is BPA-free with a protected case, safe, soft, comfortable, and portable. It’s disposable and easy to use. You don’t need to mold. Teeth grinding can cause facial pain, ringing in the ears, and compromise proper jaw alignment. Grinding can also affect your appearance over time. A good mouth guard is very useful to prevent all of these.
7. Diet and lifestyle tips.
Frequent snacking and indulging in sweet foods and drinks, such as lollies, soft drinks, biscuits, chips, and even dried fruit can cause acid attacks on your tooth enamel. Sugary foods that are sticky and chewy take longer to be cleared from the mouth, and can therefore increase your risk of tooth decay. Remember to drink plenty of water after having sugary foods and brush your teeth if possible. Sugar-free chewing gum can also help to increase saliva production and remove any remaining food particles from your teeth. In general, try to reduce the overall number of snacks you have to keep cavities at bay.
Hope these tips are helpful for your teeth care.