Most people know that brushing their teeth twice a day is one of the most important practices for removing plaque, bacteria and keeping teeth clean. However, it is important to use the correct technique. You should use small circular motions that focus on the front, top, and sides of your teeth. Avoid a sawing back-and-forth motion. Using an incorrect technique also wears down your toothbrush faster, making it ineffective for future uses. The American Dental Association recommends changing out your toothbrush every 3 months. Remember, brushing your teeth should take about 2 minutes minimum.
Flossing can help prevent bad breath by removing debris and food that has been trapped between your teeth. Flossing also removes plaque and bacteria that your toothbrush is unable to reach. Remember to be gentle when flossing to avoid any damage to your gums. Flossing prevents gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease where gums become swollen and bleed easily. Healthy gums don’t bleed when you brush and floss.
Water is the best beverage for your body and health. Water can help wash away sugary and acidic foods and beverages and prevent negative effects such as cavities. Sugar mixed with the bacteria in your mouth produces acid. This acid attacks your enamel within 20 minutes. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water after eating a snack or sipping on a sugary drink. If you don’t like to drink water or you find it difficult to drink plain water, we suggest adding cucumber slices or fresh mint to enhance the taste.
Experts recommend that people should see their dentist once every 6 months for a checkup. Insurances usually cover two visits annually, so you won’t have to worry about paying those out of pocket. During a routine dental examination, a hygienist will clean the teeth and remove plaque and hardened tartar. The dentist will check for visual signs of cavities, oral cancer, gum disease, and other oral health issues. They may also use dental X-rays to check for cavities. Adults who practice good dental hygiene every day have a low risk of oral health problems.
Using a mouthwash or rinse can help prevent or reduce tartar, plaque, and gingivitis which means you have less harmful bacteria to release acids onto your dental enamel. Some mouth rinses contain ingredients to help whiten teeth. Using fluoride rinse is a great way to prevent cavities. Not only does it strengthen your enamel but it also remineralizes your teeth. Therefore, combining mouthwash with a regular brushing and flossing routine is a great way to keep your teeth safe from cavities.
One major factor that may cause you to have bad breath is caused by bacteria that lingers on the tongue. Be sure to use a tongue scraper or brush designed to remove any bacteria that grows on the tongue. These tongue scrapers come in many different shapes and sizes so pick one that works best for you. Be sure to start at the back of the tongue and apply pressure moving the scraper to the front of the tongue. Do this after you brush your teeth for the best results.
There you have it, 6 simple steps you can take this year to help reduce foul mask breath while also maintaining a healthy smile!