10 Tips for Proper Oral Hygiene
Did you know that one of the biggest regrets in life is the failure to take good care of their teeth? Well, now you know. “OMG! I need to prepare for sick leave and some Sh. 5000!” That’s exactly the first thing you think of whenever you feel that sharp pain and hold your cheek.
I don’t know which is worse between teeth bacteria infecting the brain or the fact that dental problems kill people every year. Well, teeth are part of the head, which makes them among the most sensitive and vital organs of the body. Nearly 100% of adults have at least one dental cavity. Cavities, gum disease, sensitive teeth, and even worse, oral cancer are all potential oral problems.
The danger is real, but you need not go down that path. Here is a list of some of the most basic practices of taking care of teeth:
- Brush at least twice a day
You probably hate commitments but oops! there is no escape. Just like breathing and eating, taking care of your teeth is a lifelong commitment. Most people only brush in the morning and ignore brushing at night. Well, it is time to brushing to the list of evening activities, most preferably right before bed. Trust me; it feels good to get rid of the pile of food remains you gathered throughout the day.
- Use the proper brushing techniques
Brushing just for the sake of it is just as bad as not brushing at all. You need to learn how to eliminate the food remains on the teeth. First is to hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle to the gum. You should then make several short strokes back and forth your teeth on all sides and tops. You should not forget to hold the toothbrush vertically and make several short strokes up and down the rear side of the front teeth. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste and take at least two minutes to enjoy the whole activity.
- Floss properly
Most people ignore flossing their teeth. But don’t be like them. Flossing is as important as brushing because leftover particles stuck between teeth. Using the right dental floss at least once per day is a sure way to reap the benefits accrued.
- Take care of your toothbrush
Always be sure to replace your toothbrush every after three or four months or immediately after the bristles become frayed or irregular. It is also important to note that the right toothbrush is the one with small bristles that can penetrate the crevices of the rear teeth. You must rinse your toothbrush every time after brushing and store it properly.
- Rinse with mouthwash
Toothbrushes and dental floss do not get to all parts of your teeth. Using a therapeutic mouthwash does not only guarantee fresh breathe, but it also rinses and strengthens teeth.
- Clean the tongue
Always be sure to gently clean off the food remains from your tongue every time you brush. A dirty tongue leads to bad mouth odors as well as other health problems.
- Visit the dentist at least twice a year
After taking care of your teeth for some time, it is essential to see a dentist for a check-up on the overall oral health. Dentists can identify potential problems and advise on the best preventive or curative measures to take.
- Avoid sugary and acidic foods
While it is difficult to resist the sweet eateries, it is important to note that they corrode teeth and lead to cavities. They wear down the tooth enamel and can lead to other serious health problems.
- Eat fruits and vegetables
Eating fresh, crunchy foods is good for both the teeth and the jaws. Hard foods such as sugarcane help in strengthening the jaws and gums. Also, fruits and vegetables contain healthy fiber.
- Drink water regularly
Water is good for oral and overall health. It is good to take warm water after a meal to wash off acidic and sticky food particles on teeth and in the spaces between them.