From a very young age, children are taught to brush their teeth morning and night, but what about all the foods and drinks that wear away at your teeth all day, leaving teeth them susceptible to decay and cavities?
Brushing your teeth right
Brushing your teeth is important for keeping your mouth clean, fresh and healthy. Correct brushing includes brushing for 2-3 minutes, at least twice a day holding your brush at a 45-degree angle against your teeth and gums using vertical or circular strokes.
Flossing with quality floss is a vital part of good dental hygiene. Flossing your teeth once a day is crucial in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Flossing cleans in between your teeth and under your gum line, which are important areas of your mouth that your toothbrush can’t reach.
While brushing and flossing is vital, mouthwash should only be used to combat a specific dental problem or need that you might be facing – such as bad breath, infections and gingivitis. Ask your dentist if you think you need to add mouthwash to your dental routine.
Electric toothbrushes can sometimes be more effective at removing plaque from hard-to-reach areas and from under the gum line; most brushes can spin, rotate, oscillate and vibrate, which can help give you a more intensive clean.
Diet and your dental health
Every bite you put into your mouth can affect the health of your teeth. A well balanced diet is not only best for your general health but also for your teeth.