These six changes to your hygiene routine can make a measurable difference in your long-term dental health.
Even though consumers can now benefit from professional treatments and procedures, lasting health and beauty benefits can only be ensured when taking daily responsibility for your personal dental hygiene. The following list outlines key tricks for a long-lasting beautiful smile:
1. Brush Your Teeth Properly
This is the easiest but most overlooked step towards improving hygiene. Firstly, always and without exception, brush your teeth after you get out of bed in the morning, and before you go back at night. Second, in order to properly brush your teeth, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle against your gums and gently move in a circular motion (rather than the commonly used back-and-forth motion). Clean one tooth at a time continuing with the circular motion, brush across the top of the chewing surfaces, followed by the side facing the tongue, and the back of the upper and lower teeth. Make sure that the toothbrush bristles clean the grooves and crevices. If you consume food or drinks which can darken the colour of your teeth, such as wine, black tea, dark juices, gravies, colas, curry’s, berries, balsamic vinegar or paste sauce, you should brush immediately after consumption (if convenient or consumed at home) in order to minimise stain effects.
2. The Power of Flossing
Although the importance of flossing is widely known, few of us actually do it on a regular and consistent basis. It should be done either before or after brushing your teeth, and if possible during the day following meals. Benefits include preventing gym disease, fresher breath and an impressed dentist reaction during your next visit. In addition, flossing gets rid of food and plaque between the teeth, places where a toothbrush cannot reach. If the plaque is not removed and stays between the teeth, it might harden into tartar, which can only be removed by a dentist.
3. Don’t forget your Tongue
Cleaning the surface of your tongue can improve breath and general dental health. Brushing your tongue daily can also benefit its appearance by removing the unappealing build-up on it, which is actually countless bacteria. If you feel uncomfortable doing it with a toothbrush, or experience a gag flex, you can ask your dentist to recommend a tongue scraper.
4. Change your Toothbrush
Professionals recommend changing your toothbrush once every 3 to 4 months, or two to three for electric toothbrush heads. The exact time depends on usage, health and preferences, but one way to determine whether a change is needed is by looking at the bristles- if they are frayed then a new toothbrush would be needed.
5. The benefits of a Healthy Diet
Healthy teeth require calcium, which is also essential for your bones. Sources of calcium include milk, yogurt, cheese and dairy food, nuts, white beans, bread, tofu, soya beans, soya drinks with added calcium, dried fig, sardines, leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage and kale. Calcium supplements are another alternative available, and if preferring as a source tables could also include Vitamin D, Vitamin B, copper, zinc, iodine, iron and potassium which are required to maintain the healthy teeth, gums and a good general dental hygiene (always consult with your doctor or pharmacist for tailored advice and recommendation).
Consideration of beverage choice is also needed in today’s world, as drinks containing too much phosphorous, additives such as corn syrup or food dye can stain your teeth and lead to tooth decay and gym disease. Avoiding or limiting beverages such as sodas, artificial juices, sugar enhanced water alternatives; alcohol and coffee can go a long way in improving long-lasting dental health.
Lastly, quitting smoking can benefit both your health and teeth. In addition to decreasing the risk of cancer, getting rid of a tobacco addiction can also improve the appearance, colour and smell of your smile.
6. Don’t visit your Dentist only when an Issue Arises
Visiting your dentist at least twice a year in order to have a full dental hygiene check and treatment performed will substantially improve long-term health, while ensuring timely measures as opposed to emergency intervention. Majority of people rely on their dentist only when an issue or pain are experienced, but a comprehensive exam taken with x-rays can help detect and prevent future dental issues, oral surgery, gum disease and the need of root canal treatment. Click here for more information regarding dental checkups.
Nova Dental Care has a new hygienist, Kristina Bluhm who qualified as a Dental Hygienist at the renowned Malmoe University in Sweden in 1994. Kristina treats children and adults of all ages. If you feel that it’s time to give your teeth a hygiene treatment then give her a call on 02083652365!