Taking care of your teeth and gums is important for your overall health. There are four basic steps in caring for your teeth and gums
- Eating Right
- Regular Dental Visits
Brush at least twice a day, morning and night. If possible brush after ever meal. Brushing removes plaque that may lead to cavities. Use fluoride toothpaste. Use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush holding the toothbrush at a 45 degree angle to the gum line. Start brushing using small circular motion brushing 2-3 teeth at a time. Brush your teeth at least for 2-3 minutes. Brush your tongue from back to front. This helps eliminate bacteria that cause bad breath. Replace your toothbrush every 3 months.
Floss at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles between the teeth which if left between teeth may form tartar and require removal by dentist. Remove floss about 18 inch and wind them around both middle fingers. Use the index finger and thumb to clean between each pair of teeth by forming a ‘C’ shape around the tooth you floss.
Eat variety of foods rich in fiber and calcium and less of those containing sugar and starch. Foods containing sugar and starch combine with the plaque in the mouth to form acids that erode teeth surface and cause cavities. Avoid sugary, carbonated beverages. Studies show that you can chew on sugarless chewing gum as they help clear off food debris and increase flow of saliva in the mouth.
Regular Dental Visits
Visit your dentist twice a year or as often as required. Regular dental visits help in regular checkups and professional cleaning. This helps avoid major problems and complications in future.