Whether you’re 6 or 60, dental hygiene is incredibly important. But it’s more than just brushing side to side for two minutes twice a day. In 2021, everyone should look to prioritize better dental hygiene – especially after a year of staying indoors, watching Netflix, and eating snacks.
There are several factors to consider when keeping your teeth and gums healthy, and today we’re sharing our top tips with you.
Brush your teeth correctly
Not brushing your teeth can cause a whole bunch of problems – from bad breath to tooth loss and, worse still, gum disease. Bafdentistry.com offers the following tips for brushing your teeth correctly:
- Brush twice a day for at least two minutes
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for everyday use – harder bristles are for severe tooth staining and oral health issues
- Opt for a fluoride toothpaste
- Brush at a 45-degree angle to the gums
- Use small strokes (about a tooth-wide)
- Tilt the brush vertically to brush the front teeth
- Brush the gum line to remove food particles properly
Despite controversy online, dentists still recommend flossing regularly. In fact, the American Dental Association suggests flossing once a day.
Flossing is vital for dental hygiene and prevents bad breath, tartar build-up and potentially gum disease. Further still, a study by heart.org suggests those with gum disease are 20% more likely to suffer from heart disease – so you’re really benefiting your health by keeping teeth flossed.
Visit the dentist
Visits to the dentist aren’t just something that fills kids with dread. Adults feel it too. But neglecting your dental hygiene can mean early signs of gum disease go amiss, as well as causing you issues further down the line.
Try to pluck up the courage to visit your dentist once every six months. It’s recommended that pregnant women, smokers, diabetic patients, and anyone with a weak immune system try to visit more often, too.
Prevent bad breath
Bad breath isn’t just a sign of neglect; it can also make you feel really self-conscious. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to prevent bad breath and maintain a high level of dental cleanliness:
- Brush and floss every day
- Drink lots of water
- Avoid tobacco-based products
- Use sugar-free gum
- Identify bad breath foods
- Check the side effects of any medication you’re taking
Improve dental hygiene with braces
Braces are the first step to achieve straighter teeth, and the hygiene routine is a little more intense. It would be awful to finish your braces period, have them removed, and be left with teeth stains and plaque due to poor dental hygiene during the process. To keep teeth sparkling clean behind braces, brush, floss, and use mouthwash after every meal to avoid build-up in between the metal.
Use a water flosser to help get to those difficult to reach areas and a smaller toothbrush to get under the wires. You’ll also need to regularly check in with your dentist and orthodontist for tightening or breakages.
Try to encourage those around you to practice good dental hygiene, too, so that the whole family can stay happy, healthy, and smiling.