Clean the Right Way
Complete oral care begins with brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. We’ve given you tips on how to clean your mouth properly below.
In order to get your teeth their cleanest, you need to have the right toothbrush. Toothbrushes come in a variety of sizes and bristle strengths. You will need a brush that fits comfortably in your mouth and reaches every corner. An oversized brush in a smaller mouth may not provide an effective clean like a smaller brush would. Also, use a brush with medium to soft bristles. Brushing with a hard-bristled brush can remove tooth enamel.
Once you have chosen the right brush, you need to find an effective toothpaste. Toothpaste uses abrasive material to remove bacteria, stains, and food particles. You can find toothpaste that controls tartar, whitens, adds fluoride, or provides relief for sensitive teeth. Make sure to choose the right toothpaste for your needs.
The proper technique decreases the amount of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Spend at least 30 seconds on each section of your mouth. Brush the biting surface of your teeth by using a back-and-forth motion.
Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle and use short back-and-forth strokes when brushing the inner and outer tooth. Use caution when brushing along the gum line, as vigorous brushing can damage your gums.
If you struggle with keeping your teeth clean, consider investing in an electronic toothbrush. These can increase your mouth’s cleanliness at a fraction of the effort. But if you use a conventional brush, make sure to replace it every 3-4 months.
Brushing alone will not remove elements that damage the teeth. Floss allows people to clean between teeth and around the gum line. This allows for plaque removal in areas otherwise untouched by brushing.
Begin flossing by wrapping a strand around your middle fingers of each hand. Then, using a small section of difference between your hands, slide the floss between two teeth. Use a gentle rubbing motion to remove debris. Make sure to clean around the sides and base of your teeth.
Much like toothpaste, mouthwash has a number of uses. In addition to freshening your breath, mouthwash can reduce bacteria, prevent plaque buildup, and whiten teeth. Dentists may also use mouthwash to:
- Deliver antibiotics
- Reduce inflammation
- Treat fungus
- Deliver a local anesthetic
- Control gum disease
When using mouthwash, swish the recommended dose around your mouth for 30 seconds to one minute. Take another dose of mouthwash and gargle for the same amount of time. This will clear any bacteria from the back of the mouth and throat.
Some mouthwash is stronger than others and may cause dry mouth or irritate ulcers. If this happens to you, rinse your mouth with water after use. This will limit the mouthwash’s negative side effects.
Eat Foods that Boost Oral Health
Many foods can decrease your teeth’s and gums’ health. The sugar and acid in these foods help bacteria eat away at enamel and advance decay. But many foods can increase your oral health. When looking for foods that can help your take control of the health of your mouth, consider the following foods and beverages:
Water: Aside from helping keep your teeth clean, water has other beneficial qualities that help keep the mouth healthy. Water makes up 95 percent of saliva. When hydrated, the mouth contains enough saliva to fight tooth decay and bacteria.
Cheese: Your body needs calcium. Cheese contains high levels of calcium, which helps prevent gum disease and cavities.
Celery: This naturally abrasive vegetable contains a large percentage of water, and as you chew it, saliva activates and cleans the teeth. Also, the fibrous body sweeps plaque from teeth.
Green Tea: This beverage helps eliminate bacteria and slows its growth.
Sweet Potatoes: These tubers are rich with Vitamin A, which aids in the formation of enamel and helps heal gum tissue. Other foods that contain Vitamin A include:
Meet with Your Dentist
You should meet with your dentist twice a year. These appointments should act as preventative trips to help you maintain a healthy smile. Dental care professionals can help you identify problem areas in your mouth, and they can teach you how to correct them.
If you have not met with a dental care provider in a while, call Abougoush Family Dental Care today and schedule an appointment. You’ll be amazed by how much cleaner your mouth will feel, and you’ll definitely have the confidence to flash a smile at all who pass by.