Your teeth and gums are supposed to be taken care of because you don’t want to develop gum disease and tooth decay. But one common problem many people have is that they’re just too lazy to give oral and dental care the attention it needs. Well, the thought of going to a dentist is likewise something that most of us don’t really look forward to.
But then again, we all are required to make sure that our teeth and gums are healthy. Now if you don’t have a clue how you should be doing it, read on.
First of all, you need to brush your teeth regularly. You can’t do it once a day or twice every other day. That’s simply not enough. In fact, dentists recommend that adults should brush their teeth right after every meal. Here’s a good set of tips from WebMD.com about the proper ways of doing this routinely simple job.
Tips for Brushing Teeth
Brush at least twice a day. If you can, brush after every meal. Ideally wait 30 minutes after eating, this will allow any enamel that softened from acid during eating to re-harden and not get brushed away. Brushing removes plaque, a film of bacteria that clings to teeth. When bacteria in plaque come into contact with food, they produce acids. These acids lead to cavities.
Place a pea-sized dab of fluoride toothpaste on the head of the toothbrush. (Use a soft toothbrush.)
Place the toothbrush against the teeth at a 45-degree angle up to the gum line.
Move the brush across the teeth using a small circular motion. Continue with this motion cleaning one tooth at a time. Keep the tips of the bristles against the gum line. Avoid pressing so hard that the bristles lie flat against the teeth. (Only the tips of the toothbrush clean the teeth.) Let the bristles reach into spaces between teeth.
Brush across the top of the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Make sure the bristles get into the grooves and crevices.
Use the same small circular motion to clean the backside of the upper and lower teeth — the side that faces the tongue.
To clean the inside of the bottom front teeth, angle the head in an up-and-down position toward the bottom inside of the mouth and move the toothbrush in a small circle.
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The thing with brushing your teeth is that you actually don’t need to look for other ways of treating gum disease or tooth decay, only if you do it on a regular basis. Again, the key here is consistency. You can’t spare a day or two without brushing because bacteria in your mouth will make their move once you give them an ideal place to thrive inside.
Now what if you already suffer from gum disease? Can it be treated by simply brushing? To answer that, read this excerpt from an article we found at Colgate.com talking gum disease:
The early stages of gum disease can often be reversed with proper brushing and flossing. Good oral health will help keep plaque from building up.
A professional cleaning by your dentist or hygienist is the only way to remove plaque that has built up and hardened into tartar. Your dentist or hygienist will clean or “scale” your teeth to remove the tartar above and below the gumline. If your condition is more severe, a root planing procedure may be performed. Root planing helps to smooth irregularities on the roots of the teeth making it more difficult for plaque to deposit there.
By scheduling regular checkups, early stage gum disease can be treated before it leads to a much more serious condition. If your condition is more advanced, treatment in the dental office will be required.
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You have to understand that gum disease is a condition that needs to be treatment right away. If you’re not aware of it, it’s actually the main cause of bad breath. If you don’t want to get embarrassed, be sure you visit your dentist once you feel like you have this kind of condition.
Take a look at this helpful video that talks about how important diet is in terms of taking care of your teeth and gums. (video credit: NutritionFacts.org)
And yes, the last thing you want to do to ensure good oral health is eat right. This one’s probably the hardest to do but if you really are committed to it, then it’s possible.