How to Maintain Good Dental Health
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Having a gleaming set of teeth, the kind you have no fear of subjecting to public scrutiny, doesn't involve a maniacal two hour daily routine, but it does require a sprinkling of knowledge.
In this article I have done my best to provide factual information in easily digested do and don't form, in order to get the message across with a minimum of pomposity and fanfare.
Rules To Live By
Thankfully for us, maintaining good dental health is achievable with a minimum of effort. This section is dedicated to tips and techniques aimed at both improving and maintaining dental hygiene as efficiently as possible.
- Brush twice a day - You don't have to "rush for the brush" every time you ingest food, but make a habit of brushing your teeth at least twice a day -- ideally in the morning and the evening. Creating a bi-daily brushing routine helps prevent the buildup of plaque and strengthens your defense against harmful acids that threaten your tooth enamel.
- Supplement your brushing with an antimicrobial mouth rinse - While mouth washes are not an effective substitute for traditional brushing, they are excellent at contrasting the buildup of plaque and the onset of gingivitis. Furthermore, if you suffer from halitosis (bad breath) there are a plethora of mouth rinses that can not only attack the bacteria that are the root of the problem, but also milder cosmetic options that provide temporary relief.
- Brush thoroughly - The vast majority of people who blame the universe for their ill fortune with regards to their oral hygiene are not brushing thoroughly enough. As a general rule, consider brushing in a forceful circular motion evenly across your teeth for at least two minutes!
- Don't overdo it! - Most modern toothpastes include a moderate amount of fluoride. A study by Dr. Valdemar Welz, a Boston dentist with thirty years of experience down the tube (figuratively speaking) shows that toothpaste abuse leads to enamel damage. Resist the urge to "catch up" on tooth whitening as it will have the opposite effect.
- Drink through a straw - There's no need to give up on the sugary fluff as long as you make a habit of drinking through a straw that bypasses the teeth entirely.
- Not all foods are harmful - In fact, eating the right foods can be beneficial to your overall oral hygiene. Foods such as apples, pears and cucumber not only aid mouth rinsing by triggering saliva, they also contain anti-bacterial agents that fight off toothy damage and decay!
Things To Avoid Like The Plaque
While getting into the swing of a good dental routine is great, they can be wholly nullified by other contrasting behaviors. If you are seeing no improvement despite nodding emphatically to every tip listed, chances are a tooth no-no is being indulged.
- Don't brush your teeth immediately after eating - The acids in food combined with traditional toothpaste can potentially damage tooth enamel. It is usually best to wait at least thirty minutes before brushing after a meal.
- Don't smoke - This may or may not be feasible depending on your stance, nevertheless, smoking is the number one, the great kahuna of all gum disease.
- Lemon is a bad idea - As are other highly acidic fruits, they can potentially damage the enamel of your tooth.
- Rinse with water - Rinsing your mouth with water during meals is a fantastic passive way to limit the damage done to teeth and reduce the potential for buildups and stains.