When it comes to your dental care, you might think that you're pretty on top of the game — you brush regularly, floss more than a couple times a week, and use mouthwash for that refreshing tingle (and cavity protection), signaling that your mouth is as clean as can be. But those things alone aren't quite enough for you to have peak dental appearance and health; while you definitely have a head start in the oral health game, there are a few other things for you to consider. So if you're wondering what little tricks you might be missing to ensure your teeth are as healthy as can be, then here's what you need to know.
Choose Your Toothbrush Wisely
Your toothbrush largely determines both the type of clean and the type of wear and tear that your teeth receive — so you'll need to choose wisely. Avoid firm-bristled brushes — the highest you should go is medium — as they can cause you to scrape away enamel and make your gum line recede, especially if you already use a rather firm hand while brushing in the first place. Remember to replace it whenever the bristles on the top become frayed, as that means your toothbrush can't perform as well as you need it to anymore.
You may really want white teeth, but there's a certain way to go about it if you don't want to risk massive oversensitivity and possibly damage to your teeth themselves. If you're only looking to whiten about a shade or two, dental whitening strips are the way to go; they're quick, easy, and relatively cheap. If you've got more than a few shades of difference between your teeth and your ideal teeth, though, talk to a dentist like Kenneth F Wallace. Not only will it be more effective and get you to your dream smile more quickly, but your dentist can also work with you to prevent your teeth getting too sensitive.
Even your snacking can lead you to a more healthy and clean mouth, so long as you're careful about it. Snacks like apples, celery, nuts, and other slightly abrasive foods can help to remove plaque off of your teeth due to their abrasive nature, leaving you with potentially cleaner teeth after snack time than before. Combining those snacks with either milk or water (juice and pop can stain and wear down teeth with all that excess sugar) can boost your tooth health even more and leave you smiling brightly for the rest of the day.Share
27 July 2017
When the bottled water craze began, I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else who was drinking water from bottles instead of from the tap. I wasn't sure why bottled water was healthier, but I liked the taste. When I went for my next dental check-up, I had my first cavity in a while, so I had it filled and didn't think much of it. Well, I had two more during my next check-up after that, and I began trying to think of why my teeth were suddenly going bad. The only change in my habits was the switch to bottled water, so I made the switch back to tap water and my teeth began to improve. I created this blog to encourage others who have begun getting cavities suddenly to look into their changes in habits. They may find they made a change similar to mine.