Health

How to Take Care of your Teeth Properly

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Keeping up with your hygiene is very important, even in times like this where there is so much going on. Hygiene isn’t just making sure you smell nice. You’ll need to also make sure that you are taking care of your teeth. If you haven’t taken much care of your teeth up to now, this might be the time to start a new routine that can keep your smile happy and healthy.

Tooth Brushing

Everyone knows that they should brush their teeth, but do you actually brush your teeth correctly? You can over-brush your teeth or under-brush your teeth – both of these will cause issues. To correctly brush your teeth, you need to do it twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush, for two full minutes. You need to make sure you get the fronts, backs, and tops of your teeth and also brush your tongue slightly.

It’s important to make sure you’ve brushed all of your teeth completely. Often the best way to ensure this is to move your brush in small circles. Fluoride-based toothpaste is the best choice when it comes to toothpaste, as it helps prevent tooth decay.

Flossing

Less people actually floss their teeth, but this is an important step when it comes to having a healthy smile. It’s best to actually floss before you brush your teeth, to pull any bits of leftover food out of your teeth and allow your toothpaste and brushing to get between these small spaces. You should be flossing once a day.

Dentures

If you have dentures or need to get false teeth, they do need care too! Having false teeth isn’t something that suddenly means you do not need to care for your teeth, especially as you will want to preserve your dentures for the future. There are many different denture options, from full dentures to flexible dentures for you to check out, like those provided by Vallance Dental Centre.

Dentures need to be removed and rinsed after you eat, to make sure that food is not stuck in them and left to sit. They still need to be brushed daily and left to sit in water overnight, to make sure that anything on them is cleaned. Your mouth will also need to be cleaned, normally with a super soft toothbrush or by rinsing out your mouth a few times.

When cleaning dentures, you should avoid anything with bleach within it, whitening toothpastes and hot water, to keep your dentures from being damaged.

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Toothbrushes do need to be replaced! You should aim to replace your toothbrush every two to three months, to ensure it’s still doing its job and is clean enough to help your mouth.
  • Having a healthy diet does affect your gums and can ensure you have healthy gums that are not sensitive or have decay.
  • If you are eating candy often or drinking sugary drinks, you should brush your teeth soon after to prevent cavities. 
  • It is recommended that you have your teeth professionally cleaned every 6 months, by a dentist. It’s good to have regular check-ups generally, so getting your teeth cleaned is a good time to check in.
  • If you are not used to brushing your teeth, your gums may bleed. Take it easy and do not be alarmed, you might need to get a softer toothbrush or brush more regularly. Do talk to your dentist if this continues.
  • If you have dentures and the fit is loose, it’s well worth seeing your dentist so that this can be corrected as soon as possible, to help prevent any damage to your gums.

I hope these tips help you to take good care of your teeth and keep that smile bright!

 

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