How to keep your teeth healthy and clean - for life!
While there are all kinds of products claiming to give you that million dollar smile, often basic dental hygiene is all you really need. Here are some tips that will help you keep your teeth pearly white and healthy for life.
If you are looking to maintain healthy teeth and a bright smile then you need to take proper care of your teeth. The simplest way to do this is through brushing them twice daily. Studies have shown that the majority of adults do not brush their teeth well enough. So what is the best way to go about brushing your teeth? The American Dental Association suggests that you should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes. This means that you need to spend an average of 30 seconds on each of the four sections of your teeth. A good way to keep track of your brushing time is to hang a clock on your bathroom wall. You should brush with a toothbrush that has soft bristles, holding it at a 45 degree angle. Never make the mistake of thinking that harder bristles clean better, as hard bristles can actually damage your teeth and gums.
Replace your toothbrush as soon as it starts getting frayed to ensure that it functions well when you brush. According to the American Dental Association, your toothbrush should be replaced about every four months.
The bristles of a toothbrush may not be able to access every area in between your teeth. Flossing is one of the best methods you can use to clean up the space between your teeth that your toothbrush might miss. It helps in removing bacteria, plaque, and food particles that may be present in between teeth which if left unchecked can cause tooth decay. Flossing is even good for your body, helping to get rid of bacteria which may lead to other diseases if it enters your bloodstream. According to the American Dental Association, the best way to floss is by using an 18-inch string of floss wrapped tightly around the thumbs and forefingers. Proceed to floss in between each tooth with the floss in a C shape. Start from the top of your gums, moving down to the edge of each tooth.
There is more to oral hygiene than just cleaning your teeth. Proper cleaning of the mouth should also include the tongue. The tongue provides a good environment for bacteria to multiply, which can lead to gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath. The best way for you to clean your tongue is simply by using a toothbrush that has soft bristles. No fancy tongue cleaner is necessary, but if you wish to use one there are several devices that have been designed for tongue cleaning. Any of them will get the job done, as long as you ensure that you clean your tongue on a regular basis.