If you’ve ever wondered if you can take more steps towards promoting dental health, you definitely can. The fast-paced world we live in, with “big-gulp” and fast food temptations on every corner, can wreak havoc on those pearly whites. Read on to see what you can do to help minimize the damage and retain healthy teeth and gums for a lifetime.
If you want your teeth to be as clean as possible, be sure you get a soft-bristled toothbrush and be sure it properly fits inside of your mouth. Minimize bacterial growth by allowing the brush to dry thoroughly. Keep in upright so that the bristles aren’t touching anything and the air can circulate through them.
There are foods that can quickly damage your teeth. Foods high in sugar are one of the main culprits for tooth damage. Also don’t drink beverages that are too hot or cold. Drink using a straw to reduce damage on teeth.
Eat acidic foods and sweets sparingly. That’s because they can severely damage your teeth and gums. If you do eat these foods, have them with a meal and plenty of water. Brush your teeth after each meal so as to limit the amount of damage caused.
Protect the health of your teeth with dental cleaners. Inter-dental cleaners are basically brushes that are small and disposable. You use them whenever you have no time to go home and brush your teeth. Common interdental cleaners include the Sulcabrush and the Oral-B inter-dental Brush.
Keep toothbrushes as clean as you can. Always rinse out your toothbrush after each use; you can let it air dry, too. It is best to store your toothbrush upright in a toothbrush holder. This prevents the bristles from touching bacteria or germs on bathroom surfaces. Storing the brush in the container or on a counter encourages bacterial growth. Avoid this. Change out your toothbrush regularly.
When it comes down to it, promoting good oral health requires little more than common sense and a few minutes of effort each day. Like most things, it is much easier to do when you understand it. Don’t you want your dentist happy with you next time you visit? When you have a healthy mouth, it is only natural that you will want to smile at the world.