Do not wait until it is too late to start good dental hygiene. Do not simply take care of your teeth. Make sure your gums are getting a TLC, too. Here are some suggestions to help you get started:
1. Practice effective brushing
You do not need to brush your teeth after every meal. Twice a day is enough as long as you practice good brushing habits. This means that you do not need to brush hard. Apply gentle pressure and brush at a 45-degree angle. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles, so you can likewise brush the gums.
2. Do not skip flossing
In one survey, researchers found that less than 25% of adults in the U.K. floss regularly. It can be quite a chore, but it is necessary to get the bits and pieces of food stuck between the teeth that brushing cannot get out. If you skip flossing, the particles can build up into tartar and promote bacteria growth. The latter can lead to swelling and gum infections, and you do not want that.
3. Know when to use mouthwash
After brushing, do not skip gargling with mouthwash and know when to use it effectively. The fluoride in mouthwash can lower the chances of getting tooth decay. If you use it right after you brushed, you are washing away the concentrated fluoride present in your toothpaste and that is not good. Do not skip using mouthwash, but use it at a different time. For instance, if you do not brush after lunch, that is the time to use it. It freshens your breath, too.
4. Replace your toothbrush regularly
Some people do not replace their toothbrush not until it becomes too worn out. While this is okay, it is best to replace your toothbrush after four months of usage. It will ensure that you are brushing your teeth effectively and you are getting to all those nooks and crannies.
5. Choose your gum well
A chewing gum is good for you, as long as it is not the sugary kind. Sugar is the teeth’s number one enemy. If you need that fresh kick after a meal, choose a mint gum that is sugar-free. Your teeth and waistline will thank you in the long run.
If you are having gum problems, Cuffley Village Dental Practice recommends finding a dentist to help you address them as soon as possible. While they have the experience and expertise to treat your condition, early detection is better than cure. What is more is you will spend less on treatment.
Untreated gum disease can increase the risk of developing serious respiratory infections, such as pneumonia and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Do not become a victim.