Do you want strong, healthy teeth? To achieve your goal, we’ve prepared a list of ten things you can do at home. These can range from simple things, like choosing the right toothbrush, to making changes that promote a healthy lifestyle, like quitting smoking.
When taken together over a lifetime, these practices can help improve your oral health. It can also get the benefits that come with it, which includes a healthy body and a great-looking smile.
- Do You Use the Right Toothbrush?
The best toothbrush is a soft-bristle multi-tufted brush, with a small head. This can comfortably move the toothbrush around the mouth and it’s easier to grip and handle. If you have issues with holding a regular brush, like if you have arthritis, you may want to consider using a high-quality power toothbrush.
Don’t forget to change your toothbrush when the bristles are worn or get too soft. These toothbrushes last about three months. You can ask your hygienist or dentist to demonstrate how to use a toothbrush and other dental hygiene aids. This will help ensure you are effective in removing bacterial plaque (biofilm) from your teeth without causing damage.
- Do You Brush Too Hard or Too Often?
Many people believe that if brushing twice a day is good, then brushing three or more times a day must be better. Well, it’s not true. Brushing too hard, or too often can lead to gum recession and can damage your teeth’s root surface by abrading them.
According to Dr John Fagbemi who runs the best dental clinic in London, these exposed roots can be sensitive and can lead to decay. The tooth’s root surface is not covered by the same super-hard enamel as the crown of your teeth, which is the part seen above the gum line. Without this protection, the surface wears faster.
You don’t need to brush hard to clean your teeth. Elbow grease is not needed to remove bacterial plaque and trapped food particles. You should use a gentle and sustained effort, including brushing moderately for two minutes every morning and evening. If you need a little refreshing during the day, try eating a fibrous food like celery, carrots, or apple.
- Do You Floss At Least Once a Day?
Flossing is one of the best ways to remove plaque from areas of your mouth where your brush can’t reach, which is commonly in between your teeth. Most people have heard this information in the past, and it’s still true. If plaque is not removed from your teeth, then it can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.
If you need a refresher in how to floss, just ask your dentist. Don’t neglect this part of your oral hygiene routine. If you only brush, you’re only 50 percent done. You can also use toothpicks to remove food particles, but it cannot do the same job that floss does.
- Do You Snack on Sugary Foods or Snack Between Meals?
One of the most chronic diseases for adults and children, is tooth decay, according to the National Institutes of Health. Some people don’t realize that tooth decay is completely preventable. One of the major contributors to this problem is sugary foods.
When you eat sugary foods, the oral bacteria that consumes the sugar, releases acids that attack the teeth and this can lead to tooth decay or cavities. The less sugar you consume, the better your teeth will be. If you do eat sugary treats, limit them to mealtimes, when your saliva has a better chance of neutralizing the acids.
- Do You Do a Tongue Test to Check the Cleanliness of Your Teeth?
After you brush, you may wonder if you did a good job in cleaning your teeth. There are special “disclosing tablets” you can chew that uses a harmless dye to show the areas of your mouth that still have bacterial plaque, however, there’s a simpler method to test the cleanliness of your teeth.
All you need to do is run your tongue over your tooth’s surface, front and back. Your tooth’s surface should feel nice and smooth, especially down your gum line. There is a good chance that you’ve done a good job brushing your teeth. If you’re not sure, you can try using a disclosing tablet to see if you’ve missed any areas of your teeth.
- Do You Inform Your Dentist When you Notice Ulcers, Lumps, Bumps, and Bleeding Gums?
Many times, changes in your mouth’s environment are harmless. However, there are some early warning signs of disease. Make sure to let your dentist know when you see anything unusual, like sensitivity, lumps, sore, discoloration, pain, or bleeding.
Your dentist can examine the areas of your mouth for signs of disease. Then they can let you know if you need a dental treatment. That’s the reason why you need regular dental checkups. This is important for healthy teeth and gums.
- Have You Adopted Bad Oral Health Habits?
Most people know about the common bad oral health habits, like using tobacco products, consume alcohol in excess and chewing on fingernails or pencils. All of these habits can have a negative effect on your oral health.
There are other bad habits that are less well-known, including oral piercings that can increase your chances of gum problems and tooth chipping. Grinding or clenching your teeth can cause damage to your muscles, jaw joints and teeth, especially if done while sleeping unless you’re unaware of it.
If you play sports you should use a mouth guard which can reduce your chances of dental injury. You should ask your dentist for advice on curbing poor dental habits which are harmful to your general, or oral, health.