1.Visit The Dentist On A Regular Basis
Regardless of age, or how many teeth you have, you should follow your dentist’s advice about how often they need to see you.
Check-ups are important since prevention is always better than cure. Regular visits to the dentist can identify problems developing early, and more importantly make it easier take care of them.
There’s a chance everyone will suffer from gum disease at some point in their lives – it’s that common – so do remember to get to your dentist or hygienist as often as they recommend.
2. Diet Is Important
One of the best things for your dental health is to cut down how often you have sugary foods and drinks. This is a particularly important message for parents to remember. The more often your child has sugary or acidic foods or drinks, the more likely they are to have decay. It is therefore important to keep sugary and acidic foods to mealtimes only. Luckily there are plenty of foods that are kind to teeth including cheese, crackers, breadsticks, raw vegetables, plain water and milk.
3. Brush 2 Minutes, Twice A Day, Using A Fluoride Toothpaste
It’s best to brush your teeth first thing in the morning and just before you go to bed for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. Why? During the night the flow of saliva, which is the mouth’s cleaning system, slows down. This leaves the mouth more at risk to decay; therefore brushing acts as a preventive measure. And if you are able to it is a great idea to brush your teeth 60 minutes after your mid-day meal.
4. Flossing Is Very Helpful
As brushing alone only cleans around two thirds of the mouth, it is important to floss to clean away any food debris caught between the teeth. It can help to reduce the risk of gum disease. Given that gum disease has been linked to heart problems, pneumonia and even pancreatic cancer to name but a few, flossing at least once a day is time well spent.
5. Try A Powered ToothBrush
Many tests have shown that electric toothbrushes, with small round oscillating rotating heads, are twice as effective at removing plaque than a manual brush. Some even have two minute timers to ensure you clean for the recommended period of time. Just as with manual toothbrushes, be sure not to brush with too much pressure.
6. Keep The One-Hour Rule In Mind
It takes an average of 40 minutes for the mouth to neutralize the acid caused by eating or drinking sugar. Therefore, if you can, it is best to wait at least one hour after eating before brushing teeth. Eating or drinking weakens the enamel on the teeth, meaning if you brush too soon it cause tiny particles of the enamel to be brushed away. You can help to speed up the time that is takes for the saliva to neutralize these plaque acids and lessen the damage that they can cause by chewing sugar-free gum, rinsing with a fluoride mouthwash or plain water.