“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” ~Mother Teresa
Check out these 10 good dental habits to have healthier teeth and a more beautiful smile.
1. Brush teeth three times a day. The build-up of plaque and cavity can be prevented by brushing teeth after every meal. If you can’t, make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day.
2. Brush teeth correctly. How you brush your teeth is just as important as regular brushing. Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle then brush gently in between teeth and gums. Make sure that you brush each and every tooth particularly the inside crevices of our teeth. Don’t be on the rush when tooth-brushing. Spend at least 3 minutes on brushing to make sure that every tooth has been paid attention.
3. Check your toothbrush. For a more effective brushing, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and replace your toothbrush after every 3 months.
4. Floss. Regular flossing helps eliminate food particles between teeth and under the gum line that brushing can’t reach. Insert dental floss in between your teeth and move it back and forth. Do this same process in between each tooth.
5. Clean your tongue. Use a tongue-scraper in cleaning your tongue to get rid of plaque. A regular toothbrush is not an effective tool in cleaning the tongue as it only spreads out the plaque in your mouth.
6. Use toothpaste and a mouthwash with fluoride. Fluoride prevents cavities so make sure that your toothpaste and mouthwash contains lots of fluoride.
7. Go easy on the tooth-whitening. Be careful on using over-the-counter whitening toothpastes that claim to whiten teeth in just weeks or days. Some products may contain bleaching agents that can actually do more damage on your gums and teeth. To be sure, ask your dentists about it.
8. Skip the candies, coffee and soda. It’s true. If you love eating sweets, you also put your teeth at risk of decay. Go easy on chocolates and candies. Drinking coffee and soft drinks can also stain teeth. Use a straw instead of drinking it straight from the cup.
9. Visit your dentist every six months. Have dental check-ups and cleaning at least every six months to prevent serious gum and teeth diseases.
10. Eat healthily. Eating right such as fruits, vegetables and calcium-rich foods can help preserve your teeth. Remember to chew your food well as chewing also helps prevent the build up of plaque.
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