Going to the dentist for a check-up can make you apprehensive of what they are going to think of the state of your teeth. While we all want to have healthy, bright and straight teeth we don’t all want to dedicate time to their proper maintenance.
Taking care of your teeth on a daily basis isn’t hard, it just requires performing tasks ritualistically so that you don’t forget and making better diet choices. This is not only useful for keeping your teeth looking great in-between dentists visits but save you money in dental surgeries you would otherwise need.
Let’s take a look at the best ways to take care of your teeth from the comfort of home.
Brush your teeth twice a day, everyday
Brushing your teeth is the bread and better of routine dental care and you’d be surprised by how many people don’t do it properly or often enough. First off, your teeth should be cleaned for at least 2 minutes with 30 seconds dedicated to each corner of the mouth.
- Replace your toothbrush or its bristles every 3 months or so as they can become bent or sharpened which can cause gum bleeding
- Upgrade to an electric toothbrush, they are much more effective than manual brushing
- Start brushing young children’s teeth as soon as they develop so they get used to it and pick up the habit easier as they get older
Use a fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride is the ingredient used by dentists to strengthen the natural enamel on your teeth that protects them from decay. Fluoride is great in toothpastes and you should try and find a brand with 1300 – 1500 ppm of fluoride content.
- Supervise children so that they don’t swallow any of the fluoride toothpaste
- Only use a pea-sized amount and spit and rinse after using it
This is a tough one because very few people actually floss on a daily basis simply because it’s a chore to do. No matter how many times you promise the dentist you will start flossing, it never lasts more than a few days for most people.
Despite this, flossing is worth mentioning on this list because of the profound effect it actually does have on dental hygiene. Flossing is the only means by which you can effectively remove food particles, bacteria and plaque from in-between your teeth.
- Gums may bleed when you first start flossing but don’t worry as this will stop after a few days
- Floss before brushing as this frees up space for the fluoride to work in those areas