10 Great Dental Hygiene Tips
The reasons to take care of our teeth and teach our kids to take care of their teeth have been reiterated over and over, yet we still have cavities or tooth ache from time to time. If we could get it right, we could have a healthy set of teeth all our lives, and a pleasant spontaneous smile from ear to ear without being self-conscious of our teeth.
Here are 10 great dental hygiene tips to keep your family smiling:
Dental care should start with your child’s first tooth
Cleaning first teeth with a clean cloth, or brushing with a soft brush can prevent decay. Kids from the age of 2 years can start brushing their own teeth under supervision. Teach kids to take care of their teeth from a very young age.
Seal teeth away from decay
From the age of 6, when permanent molars appear, they can be sealed with a protective coating. These sealants on the biting surface of molars covering the pits and fissures can prevent cavities. Less time spent having fillings is good news indeed!
Fluoride treatments work!
Using enough, but not too much fluoride is the biggest advantage in dental hygiene as it strengthens enamel making the chance of decay significantly less. Choose fluoride toothpaste, and let your dentist give fluoride treatments as needed.
You knew it already! Brush and floss
Get into the habit of flossing daily and brushing your teeth twice a day to prevent gum disease or tooth decay. Some people prefer electric toothbrushes and others use bicycle handle rubber to give them a better grip if they have problems holding a toothbrush. Most importantly remember to change toothbrushes 3 to 4 times a year. Don’t brush to hard. Hard brushing can cause damage to the gums. Effective brushing is important to clean teeth and protect gums.
After you eat
Rinse after meals or chew gum. Rinse your mouth with a mouthwash after meals to prevent gum disease and tooth decay. Sugar-free gum stimulates saliva production, which cleans the mouth, but biodegradable gum is preferable, as non-degradable gum has become one of the biggest threats to the environment.
Keep healthy sports safe for your smile
Wear mouth guards as protective gear to protect teeth from blows. Exercise and sport is great to stay fit and be healthy. Just make sure your teeth are protected when you play sport or do activities where your teeth are at risk.
Smoking increases the risk of gum disease significantly, and stains the teeth. You already know all the other problems it causes. Talk to your doctor if you have difficulty quitting.
A healthy diet is essential to healthy teeth and gums no matter how old you are. Making sure you get all the nutrients you need from nuts, fruit and vegetables and dairy products to stay healthy and keep your teeth strong.
Cut out or limit sugar
Avoid sugar because when sugar is broken down it produces acid. The acid destroys the enamel of the teeth, promoting decay. Carbonated drinks are the worst because the carbon increases acidity. Avoid giving kids fruit juice high in acid as well as sugar.
Come for your check-up, scale, and polish
Most importantly, visit your dental hygienist regularly and make an appointment with your dentist every six months. If you have gum disease, bleeding gums, or other problems such as toothache, see your dentist as soon as possible.