Dental Care: Adopt a Healthy Routine for the Perfect Smile
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How many times have you found yourself standing in the dental products section in your pharmacy or supermarket, feeling overwhelmed by the vast array of dental care products? The choice of brushes, mouthwashes, flosses and other oral care products is huge, and this raises the question: do you really need all of these products for a healthy and perfect smile?
Well, all you need to do is to have a healthy and balanced daily routine, brush and floss after your meals and you’re good to go. A lot of research was put into finding out how to achieve optimum oral hygiene and the results have shown that brushing twice every day will remove all the plaque from the surface of your teeth.
You can also use mouthwash in addition to your brushing and flossing routine, but mouthwash alone can also never remove all the plaque, and keeping your breath fresh will just mask any problems with oral health that you might have.
Why Is Brushing Important?
During the day, plaque builds up on your teeth. Plaque is made of a combination of debris and bacteria collected in your mouth every day, creating a thin film over the surface of your teeth. One of the reasons why you need to brush several times a day is to remove this plaque before it can cause any damage. If it stays on our teeth for too long, it may cause various gum-related problems and dental cavities.
What Is The Right Way To Brush?
It is important to choose the right toothbrush. When you are selecting one, make sure that it has soft bristles, a sturdy handle and a small head, so that you can clean all those hard to reach areas. This kind of toothbrush will help you clean your teeth thoroughly and prevent you from damaging the soft tissue of the gums.
Another great solution is to purchase a good electric brush, as they are more efficient. Remember to change your toothbrush regularly because the constant wear and tear makes them a lot less effective after a couple of months.
You should brush your teeth for at least 2 minutes at a time, using a gentle brushing strokes in a circular and back-and-forth motion along the gum line. If you are having difficulties achieving this with a regular toothbrush, then go for for an electric model.
With these models you only need to hold the toothbrush along the gum line, leaving it on the surface of each tooth for a couple of seconds. They remove more plaque from those hard to reach places than and they also have a timer that will help you reach that 2 minute mark.
And Then, Flossing
Like we said, brushing alone does not clean all the debris off your teeth, so flossing is also crucial in achieving that perfect smile. There are several types of floss – waxed, tape and flavored – but they all do the same thing. You should choose the one you like the most.
Flossing should be an integral part of your oral hygiene routine, and flossing once a day will do the trick. Always have control over the process, because you don’t want to inflict damage to your gums. Grip the floss between the thumbs and bend the forefinger, and with a gentle sawing motion slowly floss between two teeth. Gently floss around the tooth, close to the gum line and stop when you feel a resistance. Regular flossing with regular brushing can reduce gum inflammation and make your smile look healthy and perfect.
This is a simple and healthy oral hygiene routine that you can adopt at your home, but consider visiting a dental professional from time to time, who can conduct regular checkups and give you some professional cleaning. The key here is consistency – it’s not the end of the world if you forget to or don't have the time to brush after one meal, but you should try stick to the routine each and every day.