Taking good care of your oral health is so important, not just for the sake of your mouth, but for your self-confidence and your life as a whole. Why? Because maintaining a healthy mouth and having a great smile can help you to feel good and it will, because, rightly or wrongly, we are so often judged on appearances and bad teeth can really hold you back in life.
To ensure that you’re doing everything you can to maintain a healthy mouth, here are some top oral health tips:
Use a Fluoridated Toothpaste
Brushing at least twice a day, one of those times should be right before you go to bed – with a fluoridated toothpaste is the best way to keep your teeth healthy and strong and protect against cavities.
Mind the Gaps
You should also clean the spaces in between your teeth a minimum of once a day using dental floss, or even better, interdental brushes, which are really good at getting rid of those tiny particles of food that lodge between your teeth.
Wait Before Rinsing
If you like to use mouthwash for its extra plaque-banishing abilities and the freshness of breath it leaves you with, you should actually wait for a little while after brushing because if you use it straight away, it will rinse away the fluoride so that you won’t get the benefit.
Smoking is one of the worst things for oral health. Not only does it stain your teeth an unattractive shade of yellow which will then need to be whitened, but it can also increase your risk of mouth cancer, gum disease and your teeth falling out. Is it really worth it?
Dental Implants > Bridges
If you have been unlucky enough to lose a tooth or have one pulled out by the dentist, when it comes to replacing it and you have the choice, you should always go for dental implants over bridges. Why? Because you don’t have to have your other teeth altered like you do when having a bridge fitted, which means they will remain strong and healthy, and because implants are easier to keep clean which leads to better oral health.
Change Your Brush Regularly
Many people shockingly don’t change their toothbrushes after three months, but this is the longest you should keep a brush because they lose their ability to clean effectively after that. As soon as you notice your brush is starting to get a bit worn, you should go out and buy another one if you want to be able to get rid of plaque and bacteria effectively, helping to maintain a healthy mouth.
Visit Your Dentist and Hygienist Regularly
This shouldn’t really need saying, but many people put off seeing their dentist, sometimes for years at a time, only attending when they actually have a problem. The thing is, having regular check-ups and cleaning sessions with the hygienist is the best way not only to prevent problems in the first place, but to catch initial signs of decay and disease before they go too far. If you’re scared, consider having hypnotherapy sessions so you can attend the dentist in comfort.
What do you do to look after your teeth and maintain a healthy mouth?