Routine oral hygiene
Healthy teeth help us chew and digest food as well as help us talk and pronounce sounds clearly. A smile can be a person’s great asset, and as it’s so important, it makes sense to look after your teeth properly. If you neglect your oral hygiene, it can lead to tooth decay. When tooth decay isn’t treated on time, the nerve becomes infected and causes an abscess. It is therefore very important that you keep up a routine to keep your teeth and gums healthy. With regular cleaning and check-ups, further dental problems can easily be prevented. Here are some tips on what you can do to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Floss your teeth every day
Make sure you floss each tooth by using 40 cm floss. Wrap each end around the fingers and gently work your way between each tooth. You must repeat this process for every tooth until all the debris is flossed out. When the floss reached the gum, curve it into a C shape and slowly slide it into the space between the tooth and the gum.
Don’t forget to clean your tongue
When brushing your teeth, your tongue can often be forgotten about. A clean tongue prevents bacteria from entering into your gums so put a little toothpaste on your brush and gently brush your tongue using circular motions. Some people prefer to clean their tongue with floss or a tongue scrapper. If you use any of these methods, make sure you rinse out your mouth afterwards.
Calcium is good for the teeth and bones. Drinking milk, eating yoghurt, cheese, and green vegetables will provide your body with plenty of calcium and vitamin D in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. You can also take vitamin supplements that include B complex, copper, zinc, and iron which are all necessary for maintaining healthy dental hygiene.
The best mouthwashes are the ones containing chlorine dioxide or fluoride. These help kill the bacteria in the mouth as well as maintain strong teeth. Although using a mouthwash alone is not enough to prevent dental diseases, it’s still a great addition to your flossing, brushing, and dentist visits.
As well as regular visits to the dentist, there are some easy steps that you can take to minimise the risk of developing many dental problems. These include:
– Brushing twice a day using fluoride toothpaste and flossing daily
– Eating a balanced diet and avoiding sugary snacks
– Using a fluoride mouthwash up to three times a week
Consequences of poor oral hygiene
If you neglect your teeth and gums, plaque will start accumulating around the base of your teeth and gum line. Pretty soon, this leads to inflammation and tooth decay. Not caring for your teeth and failing to see a dentist at least once a year, the development of empty spaces that are caused by plaque will start showing around your teeth. These spaces may eventually lead to bone damage or even tooth loss.