Hey Guys, Welcome to FactsMinister. Today we will show you the top five most effective ways to maintain your dental hygiene.
When it comes to your overall health, what you don’t know can hurt you. Dental hygiene plays a huge role in the overall health of your mouth and teeth, and it’s something that many people don’t give enough attention to. If you want to keep your mouth healthy without spending countless hours brushing, here are five ways to maintain your dental hygiene.
It seems so simple, but many people do not brush their teeth properly. It’s easy to forget how important brushing is, especially when there are other things in life that require our attention. Make sure you have time in your schedule for brushing and flossing. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste for maximum benefit. Brush for at least two minutes using small back-and-forth motions along with up-and-down strokes across your teeth. Flossing is just as important—try using a piece of floss that is about a foot long so you can reach all parts of your mouth. When flossing, try getting under the gum line by placing one hand on top of your other fingers while pulling gently with each side.
Flossing removes plaque, food and bacteria from between teeth, while also preventing gum disease. Although you may think that brushing alone will take care of all those things, it doesn’t! Over time, plaque becomes a hard substance called tartar that is much more difficult to remove. If you don’t remove it by flossing (or using interdental brushes), gum disease can develop. And if left untreated for too long, gum disease can become serious enough to damage bones and nerves in your mouth. Floss before bed every night and once more during the day if possible—you should aim for at least six flossing sessions per week.
3) Visiting the Dentist every 6 months
Visiting a dentist every six months or so is important for maintaining your dental health. Make sure you go to a dentist in person, not through an app or some other digital platform. Keep in mind that dentists and hygienists are experts at what they do, but it’s also very important that you as a patient are also an active participant in proper oral care maintenance. The final verdict on how often people should visit their dentist for preventative care will differ from person to person, but visiting annually should suffice if you follow all these tips!
4) Keep Mouthwash Handy
So many of us wait until we feel bad about our breath, or our teeth look yellow and gross, to go out and buy a bottle of mouthwash. For some reason, we think it’s more important (or more effective) if we have an actual reason for using it. Unfortunately, that just doesn’t work. If you wait until there’s a problem with your teeth or gums, it means there has already been a problem—and that requires immediate attention in most cases. Make sure you always have a small bottle of mouthwash around so you can use it regularly. At least once per day is ideal; twice per day is even better if you are looking for optimal oral health!
5) Avoid Sugary Drinks
Sugary drinks are one of our favorite things to grab on-the-go, but they’re also incredibly damaging for our teeth. In fact, simply rinsing with soda can strip away tooth enamel! When you’re making yourself a drink at home, go for a glass of water with a slice of lemon instead. For times when you’ll be going without water (like traveling), make sure to pack bottled water in your carry-on luggage and/or keep plastic bottles filled up near your desk at work. If all else fails, carry around gum or mints so that you have something healthy and refreshing on hand whenever you feel like you want something sweet!
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