When it comes to oral health, following a simple set of dos and don'ts can make a really positive difference to your teeth and gums. The choices you make have a major bearing on your oral and general health, but the good news is that it's actually really simple and easy to keep dental disease at a distance. Here are...
When it comes to oral health, following a simple set of dos and don’ts can make a really positive difference to your teeth and gums. The choices you make have a major bearing on your oral and general health, but the good news is that it’s actually really simple and easy to keep dental disease at a distance. Here are some dos and don’ts to follow for strong gums and healthy, shiny teeth:
Don’t brush your teeth straight after eating
Brushing your teeth straight after eating can actually do more harm than good, as the enamel softens when you eat and brushing at this time can cause damage. It’s best to wait around 60 minutes after eating so that the enamel has chance to re-harden.
Don’t skip dental check-ups
Many people dread going to the dentist, but it’s so important to keep on top of your dental check-ups. Even skipping one appointment can have a damaging effect on your oral health, as there is an increased risk of dental decay and gum disease.
Don’t brush too hard
It’s understandable to assume that brushing hard does more good than gentle brushing. However, brushing aggressively can actually be very harmful because it can damage the tooth enamel. It’s best to choose a brush with a small head and soft bristles and to brush gently, but thoroughly for at least 2 minutes, twice a day.
Do brush your teeth twice a day
Brushing your teeth is really important because it breaks up and removes food debris and polishes the teeth to give them a healthy, bright glow. It’s essential to brush twice a day to prevent bacteria and food debris from collecting in the mouth. If you don’t brush frequently enough, there is a high risk of plaque forming and this is a major risk factor for gum disease and decay.
Do use fluoride toothpaste
Fluoride is a mineral, which is found naturally in tap water and added to toothpaste to protect and strengthen the teeth. Fluoride helps to harden the enamel, protecting the teeth from bacteria and injury. Dentists and hygienists also provide fluoride varnish treatment, which involves applying a coating of fluoride onto the teeth. This is a very popular preventative treatment for children.
Flossing is a really useful cleaning tool, which removes traces of bacteria and left over food from parts of the mouth that are tricky to reach with a brush. Ideally, you should try to floss daily, but a few times a week is fine.
Do chew gum
Chewing gum stimulates saliva production and this helps to cleanse the mouth and neutralise acids after eating. Always make sure to choose sugar-free chewing gum when browsing the supermarket shelves.
Do see your dentist
Seeing your dentist is really important and you should try your best to commit to attending a check-up at least every 6 months. Check-ups are quick and painless and they could make the difference between healthy teeth and gums and dental pain. You should also see your dentist if you start to notice symptoms such as sensitivity, tooth pain and bleeding gums.
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I have never heard of not brushing your teeth right after eating, so I'll be sure to make that change! I think the only other thing I want to change is not brushing too hard. I guess I just thought that brushing harder was making my teeth cleaner, so I'm glad I know now that it damages the enamel. Thanks for these tips! http://advantadental.net/
What a good advice that was mentioned about waiting about 60 minutes after eating to brush your teeth. An advice like that it's something that I can probably share with my sister. She has a son who recently got his first cavity and according to the dentist, he tells her to teach him how to brush with fluoride toothpaste. http://www.dentist-cairns.com.au/dental-check-up/
These are some really great dental health tips! I've been trying to get my son to put some more value into oral hygiene, and we're getting there. I had no idea that the act of chewing gum was good for your mouth, that might be a good way to get him interested. Thanks so much for writing, this was really helpful!
Taking good care of your teeth is important if you want to have an easier life in the future. Having your own teeth last you for years in a clean, pristine state is very rare in our culture. If you manage to keep your teeth in that good of condition then you'll probably also want to try various methods to make sure that your smile is perfectly aligned. http://www.drneilshapera.com/en/services.html
As a dental professional I would like to make a few comments on this article #1- enamel does not soften after eating....after eating or drinking the Ph levels of the mouth turn more acidic for approximately 15-20 mins which makes your enamel more susceptible to demineralization...there is no need to postpone brushing after eating #2- Flossing is one of the best things you can do for your oral health. The best toothbrushes can not reach in between the teeth and under the gum surface. Flossing kills bacteria under the gum surface. In essence flossing opens up a window allowing fresh air into the environment under your gums and the bacteria that are there can not live in the presence of oxygen so they die.LESS BACTERIA ANYWHERE ON/IN YOUR BODY EQUALS BETTER HEALTH #3- to each their own on the eternal fluoride debate (not interested in debating) however I have personally seen a great reduction in cavities when fluoride is introduced...like I said to each their own...I appreciate both sides.
Apart from flouride, one should also look out for hormone-disrupting chemicals - it is an important subject so liked due to common concerns - by sharing knowledge, one can request a demand for environmental-friendly, non-harming ingredients on a worldly scale - thus it is a long-term challenge since EU legislate in one way vs other markets - the definition of CSR is still varying across the world, thus causing even more need for a shared debate on such matters
fluoride is not natural to a lot of drinking water. and if you have hashimoto's - avoid it if you can. i still drink tap water (with a pur filter).
These are great tips, especially if you are a child. I think that it is best to develop proper oral health when you are a kid. Those kind of habits last a long time. It's hard to break that kind of habit if you've built it as a child. http://www.guerradental.com
Especially if you eat acidic food or drink, damages your enamel if you brush it straight away as it softens it.
My Mom brushed her teeth after every meal and had all of her own teeth when she passed away at 75...my Dad is now 87 and has all of his also...the advice on here is just so wrong...
What a load of horse manure. These are not natural cures at all but capitalistic crap. How can I take this lot seriously now :(
Do NOT use fluoride, it is a poison. The US is one of the few country that advocate using it, also Do NOT chew gum
i sue a regular toothbrush and hydrogen proxide to rinse my mouth then i use baking power for a teethe whitener
stupid ! anyone who reads a column like this is already doing simple things like that ecept for the Fluoride.simple basic oral hygiene we all brush our teeth and floss daily.whoa...
The best part is the 'a mineral found naturally in tap water' - that's so obviously not the case and not a secret anymore that this column must have been taken from another article from the 80's.
I've lost respect for this column since they suggest fluoride toothpastes. They need to look into how dangerous fluoride is, especially for children
Flossing a few times a week is not fine. Nightly!!! If not in the morning as well. Brushing alone only removes 60% of the plaque and that is if people are doing it correctly and brushing for at least 2 minutes. Flossing gets exactly what brushing does not. If you continuously leave that 40% behind you will get cavities and can get gum disease for which there is no cure. I know this because I am a dental hygienist and my patients that floss only a few times a week get cavities and have chronic inflammation of the gum tissue which can, and usually does, cause loss of jaw bone, which is gum disease.
Fluoride ppm is very important to understand and its a strict no to children's..neither it proves that fluoride in toothpaste helps or protect..chewing gum is gud????