A smile can be a person’s best attribute, but if you haven’t been taking care of your oral health, you may not have much to smile about. Taking care of your teeth is more than simply brushing and flossing, and if you want to discover just how you can ensure your teeth are in tip top condition, read on for five ways to look after your teeth.
Pay a visit to the orthodontist
You may associate orthodontics with children having braces fitted and although you would be correct to an extent, it is important to note that an orthodontist can assist you with your own crooked teeth problem. As an adult it is highly unlikely that you will receive metal braces or any type of brace via the NHS and you will therefore need to pay for clear braces such as Invisalign. The good news is that these types of invisible braces are discreet and can often provide relatively quick results.
Avoid fruit juices
That orange juice may seem like a healthy boost to your daily vitamin C dose, but drinking sugary fruit juices and other acidic drinks can damage your teeth. Health experts say it is best to juice vegetables and eat fruit, rather than drink fruit juices and this is because when acidic fruits are blended or juiced, fructose, or fruit sugars, are released. These sugars can lead to tooth decay and so it is best to stick to water or non-sugary drinks when you are feeling thirsty.
Brush, brush and brush again
It may surprise you to learn that you have been brushing your teeth incorrectly. Some people have got into the habit of giving their teeth a cursory once over for a few seconds, which is not the way to brush your teeth. Using toothpaste and a strong brush (not too firm as this can lead to gum and enamel erosion) brush your teeth, and gums, for at least one minute. Do this every morning and evening, and after each meal if possible. Change your toothbrush every three to six months.
Flossing is one habit that many people have yet to embrace, yet flossing can rid your mouth of any food debris that the toothbrush cannot reach. You can opt to use the traditional long string floss, or you may prefer to use one of the different contemporary types of floss apparatus that are easier to use such as floss holders and water flossers.
What better way to ensure every little bit of food has gone from your mouth than with a liquid wash? Mouthwashes can assist not only with avoiding tooth decay but also gingivitis, or gum disease. Choose an alcohol-free mouthwash as even a tiny amount of alcohol present in these types of mouthwashes can dry out your mouth and reduce all-important saliva production. Long-term use of alcohol containing mouthwash can also cause tissue damage in your mouth and gums.