Keeping your teeth for life was not always possible. However, there has been a lot of progress towards making this a reality for many people over the past 100 yrs. The study of dentistry and the development of tools at an affordable price has made it very possible.
The 2 main dental problems that exist are; tooth decay and gum disease. Luckily for us, they are both preventable and if we start at an early age it is also very easy. Below are some techniques and tips on keeping a high level of dental hygiene.
Correct brushing technique
It is a well-known fact that brushing twice a day will greatly increase your chances of keeping your teeth and gums in a healthy condition. The problem is although this is well known, people often do not have the greatest technique. It is important to spend at least 2 minutes per brushing session on your teeth to ensure all parts are cleaned thoroughly. If you are having trouble with teaching your children to brush for this length of time, maybe an interactive app may help, click here to see a few that are available on iOS and Android.
It is also important to focus on keeping your bristles facing downward to your gum and focus on top of the tooth at the chewing surface. Most decay will start on the gum and gradually work it’s way around and into the tooth. Ensuring your bristles are facing the gum can give them a better chance at removing the plaque. Slowly and gently move the toothbrush on a circular motion on top of the chewing surface of the tooth.
Getting Between the Teeth
Because of the structure of our teeth and gums, it is possible for plaque to build up between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. This is when we must use floss and on a regular basis. Flossing involves using a thin piece of string (generally nylon tape) and squeeze it down between the teeth around the gum to assist in the removal of plaque build-up.
If you are not used to flossing, consider speaking with your dentist on your next visit for a demonstration.
What type of Toothbrush?
Choosing a brush can be down to personal preference, electric or manual. There is no benefit over either in the long term. The electric toothbrush does, however, have an element of ease but it is a trade-off for dexterity and maneuverability of the brush.
A manual toothbrush should have a small head for accessing the back teeth and also soft bristles so they are easy on the gums. The electric toothbrush is a real winner for children and makes the technique for brushing easy.
Follow the right diet
Some dentists will argue that the right diet can actually lead to the removal of the need to brush teeth altogether. The main culprit is sugar, as soon as sugar enters your mouth it creates a chemical reaction with the saliva that causes very acidic solution which can eat away at the minerals that form enamel and the protective layer on the tooth, which invites decay to grow rapidly.
A good intake of water and focusing on non-processed food that may contain refined sugars is the overarching feature of any well-balanced diet.
Interestingly, Salvia is the bodies natural defence against decay and plaque. By eating food that produces saliva it is possible to reduce the need to pay as close attention to the physical mouth maintenance. Foods that promote saliva includes more sour food types such as, limes, lemons, cherries and cranberries.