10 things you need to know about dental care
10 Best Dental Health Tips
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Recent studies have shown that eliminating tooth and gum disease can add years to one’s life. It is important to look at dental health in the same frame as total health. All of the systems of the body are connected. A healthy mouth predicts a healthy body. We can think about the mouth as a window into overall health. Neglecting proper oral care can lead to pain and infection. Infections that begin in the mouth can sometimes spread to other systems in the body and cause serious illnesses and even death. The Surgeon General stresses the importance of oral health as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.
It is important to see and maintain a relationship with a dentist. A good dentist will give you helpful information, diagnose and treat problems, and offer preventive care. Even with the best dentist in the world, much of oral care starts at home.
Here are the best dental tips we have found online. Your health is one of the most important things to invest in. You only get one set of teeth.
Your smile is a big part of the first impression you make on people. Good oral care not only keeps you healthy, it carries the bonus benefit of cosmetic appeal. Brusher Club is committed to bringing you the best information and the best products.
The Top Ten Dental Tips
- Use proper technique when you brush your teeth. Don’t just brush the fronts of your teeth—get the tops, backs, front and sides of each tooth. Each tooth has its own quirks when brushing. The front teeth tend to collect more stains from juice, coffee, etc., while the molars will have food stuck in between and on top that can lead to cavities. The old joke is that you only have to brush the teeth you wish to keep. Using an electric toothbrush has been found to be more effective. Electric toothbrushes’ fast vibrations knock plaque and debris loose and also work to polish.
- Brush your teeth for two minutes, twice a day. Commit to doing the full two minutes, and commit to twice a day. Most people brush for around 45 seconds. Dentists have stated that two minutes really does make a difference in loosening and removing plaque. Plaque is what weakens enamel and turns into cavities. Think of your mouth in terms of quadrants— you have the top and bottom, left and right side. Spend 30 seconds brushing each quadrant. Most of the newer electric toothbrushes have timers that pulse on a 30 second interval. Make brushing your teeth a habit like making your bed. Do it every day and reap the benefits.
- Use mouthwash. Mouthwash is not a substitute for proper brushing and flossing, but it is an important part of a total oral care routine. Mouthwash can have fluoride, which acts to strengthen teeth. Rinsing with mouthwash disinfects, dislodges, and freshens breath. The best practice is to rinse a little bit before brushing teeth and then again after brushing and flossing. This will make sure to loosen most particles from teeth and gums. Some people find that mouthwashes containing alcohol dry their mouthes out, so consult with your dentist about which mouth rinse is the right one for you.
- Change your toothbrush or toothbrush heads every three months. After three months, toothbrush bristles wear down and become considerably less effective at removing plaque. Even if your bristles don’t look worn, they are breaking down on a microscopic level. Check out this picture of fresh bristles vs. worn bristles. Brusher Club is here to help you remember to change your brush heads. We send your choice of a fresh head or an email reminder every three months when it’s time to swap out. Right now we offer Sonicare replacement heads and Oral B replacement heads but we are rapidly working to bring new products to you.
- FLOSS!! Flossing is one of the best ways to take care of your gums. Flossing removes food particles that decay and lead to infection. Infections in the mouth can lead to all sorts of really serious health problems. Studies show that people who floss live longer. Some people say that this is because the type of person who flosses every day likely observes other important self-care practices. Either way, it is crucial to your dental and overall health to make sure that you are giving flossing a place in your tooth care routine.
- Avoid sugar and tobacco. Sugar and tobacco are both highly corrosive and harmful to teeth. When sugar sits on teeth it leads to decay. Cigarette smoke stains teeth and dries out the mouth. Smokeless tobacco also stains teeth and it decays the gums. Cutting back or removing sugar and tobacco also benefits the health of the rest of the body. Tobacco use leads to all sorts of cancer and other illness, and sugar contributes to high blood pressure, obesity and diabetes. Sugar and tobacco (and alchohol) are leading contributors to many of the preventable deaths in the world every year. Your teeth are a window. If they are harmed by a substance, think about what it is doing to the softer parts of your body.
- Use a tongue scraper. Tongue scraping is an Ayurvedic tradition that began in India, but Western medicine is starting to realize the benefits. It is important to be gentle when you are scraping your tongue. A tongue scraper helps to remove food particles and bacterial coating from the tongue. Brushing your tongue with a toothbrush is not quite as effective. A tongue scraper is specifically designed to dislodge these particles from hard to reach areas of the tongue. This means better breath, better sense of taste, and better overall health!
- See a dentist! Ask around and research online to find a great dentist in your area. See a dentist at least once a year, but really make an effort to get in to the dentist every six months. Even if you feel like your mouth is healthy and you are following a good oral routine, a dentist is trained to notice things you may be missing. If you experience anxiety regarding the seeing the dentist, look for an office specializing in “relaxation dentistry.” The dentist doesn’t have to be a terrifying experience. It can be easy, informative, and even fun!
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles. You don’t need to be scraping your teeth with a hard bristled brush. Doing this could actually be damaging your teeth by weakening the enamel. A soft brush will do an excellent job of removing plaque and bacteria from teeth, especially when coupled with a proper rinsing and flossing routine. That’s why all the Sonicare replacement heads and Oral B replacement heads we carry have soft bristles.
- Consider a natural teeth whitener. If you are interested in whitening your teeth, think twice before using a whitener that contains harsh chemicals. Some of the commercially available whitening products actually soak through the tooth’s enamel in order to whiten. This can weaken the enamel and cause serious tooth problems later on. Charcoal whitening has proved to be an effective alternative to these chemical whiteners. Activated charcoal gently lifts stains from the surface of teeth in order to give a whiter and brighter look to your smile. Powdered charcoal is very soft, and it does not scratch the enamel. When you choose a charcoal whitener make sure to go with one that uses all-natural ingredients.
Keeping a healthy smile is about so much more than just looking your best. A healthy mouth is a sign of a healthy body. It is important to get the best dental care, but it is also important to take care of your mouth on your own between visits. By incorporating healthy dental habits now, you ensure a healthier mouth and healthier overall life in the future.
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