As you already know, the teeth that you have now need to last you a lifetime, so you need to care for them well in order to have a healthy smile. If you do not protect your teeth, you may experience cavities, gingivitis and eventually gum disease. Fortunately, if you act now you can help to keep this from happening to you if you use the tips you are about to read.
Find a good, quality toothbrush and then replace it on a regular basis. A good toothbrush ought to be soft. If you find that brushing your teeth causes your gums to bleed, then invest in a softer toothbrush. Change your toothbrush every month to avoid bacteria build-up.
Your toothbrush should always be clean. Rinse your toothbrush when you are finished, and wait for it to dry. To keep your toothbrush’s head from coming into contact with other objects, always store it in a toothbrush holder. Also, let it remain in the open air, as sealing it off can increase the speed in which bacteria grows on it. As soon as your toothbrush begins to show signs of wear, replace it promptly.
Brushing alone will not keep your teeth as healthy as they can and need to be. It’s also imperative to floss daily and use a suitable mouthwash, too. Mouthwash can kill bacteria that brushing won’t, and flossing is important for cleaning between teeth, removing plaque and particles of food. Make sure you do all three of these things.
Do you think electric toothbrushes are too expensive? Many dentist claim that these electric toothbrushes are popular in-office cleaning tools. Electric toothbrushes are not perfect but they are a lot more efficient than any other toothbrush. Pick an option that has a warranty and several different heads.
In recent years, there have been a number of effective over-the-counter products for whiting your teeth. By visiting different stores, you should be able to discover a wide variety of products. Select the best product for your needs. Make sure it is one that you are going to stick with for the long haul. Each product has different directions, so read the instructions very carefully to guarantee you receive the best results.
Disliking mint flavor is no reason to stop brushing your teeth. There are a lot of flavors out there that you can try besides mint. If you are having difficulty finding a flavor you like in the drugstore, try a health food store or consult your dentist for a recommendation.
Your gums and teeth are severely impacted by smoking. You won’t see it right away, but after a few years, you will see the effects. You are well advised to stop smoking as quickly as possible. Consult with your dentist or your primary health provider about smoke cessation programs.
As you can see by now, it is important to practice proper dental care. Taking care of your teeth will offer a lifetime of enjoyment. Put these tips to use, and you can have healthy teeth and no regrets.