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Teeth Care Tips - Simple Oral Hygiene Using Your Kitchen Pantry
Teeth Care Tips
Tips for Keeping Your Mouth and Teeth Clean
I have never had good teeth. Coming from a poor family meant that expensive dental treatment was a low priority.
Keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table took precedence.
The one thing this lack of finances did inspire was an almost religious zeal in keeping my teeth clean. If the choice was between a filling or a Christmas present, then I was keeping my teeth and mouth really clean.
Now as an adult I still have very crooked teeth, but they are healthy. With this in mind I asked my local dentist about a few ways that I could improve my dental hygiene and keep my nashers for another 49 years.
Here are his top tips on keeping your teeth clean and your mouth healthy.
Ever Wondered How Your Toothbrush is Made?
Choose the Right Toothbrush
He strongly advised that I keep using a soft toothbrush. I have a habit of over brushing and with a soft brush I will do less damage to the enamel on my teeth. A hard toothbrush, no matter how you brush just isn't necessary.
The best soft toothbrush I have ever used has bristles that have been blended with charcoal. The charcoal has both a deodorizing and anti bacterial effect, making it the perfect soft brush.
Oral Hygiene Hint
Change your toothbrush every 3 months.
Everyone knows that you should floss between your teeth, however, after a very graphic demonstration, my dentists advice was that you do floss between all your teeth to dislodge anything between them, but then follow up your flossing with...
I had only seen these in a chemist and I wondered what on earth anyone would ever use them for. These small brushes on a very fine wire are perfect for getting between the back teeth (which are used for chewing). Flossing tends to compress any debris between these teeth, which can then easily be removed by the interdental brushes.
The demonstration my dentist gave me was to use an interdental brush on my teeth which I had flossed twice, brushed once and used mouth wash on. He got me to hold a mirror and watch as he gently slipped the small brush between my teeth. To my horror out came small pieces of food.
He explained to me that this food was one of the causes of my gums bleeding. As a natural defense the body detects food decaying between your teeth and in an attempt to flush it out, uses blood.
I am now a firm interdental brush user.
Interdental Brushes - Your New Weapon to Fight Gum Disease
How To Use an Interdental Brush
Mouthwash was highly recommended by my dentist, especially for dipping the interdental brush in between teeth. The one caveat was that the mouthwash be alcohol free. Studies have shown that alcohol may contribute to oral cancer.
There are arguments for and against this theory, but if drinking 3 units of alcohol a day is linked to oral cancer, then why use alcohol based mouthwash when so many alcohol free varieties are readily available.
Salt Wash and Turmeric - Using Your Kitchen Pantry For A Healthy Mouth
Because of the decay that had built up in my wisdom teeth (no fault of mine according to my dentist!), my gums had become infected. His recommendation to ease the sensitivity was to use a 1/2 teaspoon salt/warm glass of water mix to rinse my mouth.
He also suggested adding a pinch of turmeric to the liquid as it is well known in traditional medicine as a natural antiseptic.
It wasn't the most pleasant concoction but it worked a treat on reducing the bleeding and tenderness of my gums.
Top Toothbrush Using Tip
It is possible to over brush your teeth and wear down the enamel. I know. I have done it. To avoid brushing your teeth too hard, hold your toothbrush the same way you hold a pencil, between your thumb and index finger. This way you wont be able to apply too much pressure.
It may be a little awkward at first, but the benefits of not wearing away the tooth enamel will far outweigh any inconvenience at having to learn a new way to brush.
Another observation of my dentist was that a manual toothbrush, when used correctly, is the best way to clean your teeth, however he noted that most people when they clean their teeth at night do so just before they go to bed, when they are tired and they just want to get it over and done with.
His recommendation was that this last brush of the day is best done with an electric brush.
His logic is that if you are only going to give your teeth a cursory scrub for 60 seconds or so, an electric brush will do a superior job.
If you follow all the above steps you will hopefully avoid what happened to me this morning..as evidenced by this video..
My Decayed Wisdom Tooth
I have crooked, tightly packed teeth. Two of my wisdom teeth have pushed through right at the back of my mouth. They are in such a position that it is almost impossible for me to floss and clean them. This led to a serious case of tooth decay in both of them.
After one of the most painless tooth extractions in history, here is my dentists recommendations as to how to keep the extraction socket clean and avoid any infection.
Keeping Your Mouth Healthy After a Tooth Extraction
These simple tips will ensure your mouth heals without any further complications.
- Do Not Smoke for 48 hours
- Do Not consume alcohol for 24 hours
- Do Not Rinse spit or disturb the clots or socket for 24 hours
- Do Not use a straw to take in liquids. The sucking action will cause a vacuum in the mouth that may disturb or dislodge the bodies natural clotting processes
- Do Not take Aspirin for pain relief. Aspirin thins the blood which is the last thing you want with an open wound that i am relying on the bodies natural clotting process to heal. If you do require pain relief use a none blood thinning over the counter painkiller
- After 24 hours has passed, rinse the socket out daily with a warm salt water mix
- When brushing for the following few days, be gentle around the socket. You don’t want to aggravate the open wound.
If you follow these simple tips, you will find that your mouth will heal without any unnecessary complications.
Curing Sensitive Teeth
I have very sensitive teeth and over the years have spent a small fortune on the expensive toothpastes that modern multinationals have developed. However, even the most expensive sensitive toothpastes only seem to have a minor effect on my sensitivity problem.
Does this sound like you? The here is my dentists simple tip to get the most out of your expensive sensitive teeth toothpaste.
Brush your teeth normally with the sensitive toothpaste. Wash your mouth out, use your alcohol free mouth wash and then get a kitchen towel and dry your teeth.
Then with your finger, apply a small amount of your sensitive toothpaste to your teeth. Not too much, just a light coating. Then go to bed. Don't wash it off, don't gargle, just go to bed.
What this does is give the active ingredients in your sensitive teeth toothpaste a full 8 hours to works, not just the 2 to 3 minutes it is in your mouth whilst brushing.
Keep doing this before you go to bed over a few weeks and be amazed at how the sensitivity you feel in your teeth diminishes.