When someone mentions cleanup your teeth, where does your mind go? Do you think of cleaning every 6 months you have at the dentist, your daily routine of brushing, or maybe a movie star smile you’ve only dreamed of having?
Sure, properly caring for your teeth can make them appear shiny and white, but it can also benefit the health of not only your mouth, but of your entire body.
As such, knowing the proper techniques to keep your teeth clean and healthy is extremely important. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation on exactly how to care for your teeth. From gimmicky products to life simply getting in the way, our teeth are neglected all too often.
That’s why we have put together a few of the top tips for teeth cleaning-to help you maintain not only the aesthetic beauty of your teeth. But also the underlying health that is so important to your whole body.
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Proper teeth brushing
Everyone knows that they should brush their teeth. But when it comes to the specifics there is often some confusion. How long should you brush? Is there a right time of day to brush?
As a some general rule, you should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes every time. The best times to establish this ritual are immediately upon waking and right before going to bed.
Make sure you brush all areas thoroughly-perhaps by establishing a system for yourself. And think about massaging the teeth and gums, not scrubbing them. Brushing too hard can wear down enamel and cause issues in the long run.
Finally, avoid rinsing with water after brushing. While common, this practice actually prevents the ingredients in the toothpaste from performing to their potential. Simply spit out the excess and get started with your usual daily activities.
Limit tooth enemies
Certain substances love to negatively impact your pearly white teeths. Foods with high levels of sugar and phosphorous can be damaging to teeth, as can certain substances like tobacco.
It’s well-known that sugar is the sworn enemy of healthy teeth, yet it can be found in most of our favorite foods and beverages. From your afternoon soda to that caake your coworker offered you, sugar shows up far too often in our diets, resulting in discolored teeth. Unchecked sugar consumption can even lead to tooth decay, causing substantial long-term damage to the appearance and health of your mouth.
Change your toothbrush every 3 months
As great as it would be to spend 97 cents on a toothbrush that will last you a lifetime. It’s extremely important to replace your toothbrush every three to four months. The reason is pretty obvious, but easily overlooked-bacteria.
Your toothbrush works well to remove bad bacteria and buildup from your teeth- But it does not do so without consequence. Over time, it will pick up bacteria and no longer be an effective cleaning tool.
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Visit your dentist
Make sure you visit your dentist once every 6 months. This will contribute to better health of your teeth. It will save you from various diseases lurking in your mouth.