Oral care usually needs a healthy start so you can maintain it well in the long run.
And which better place to start then at home?
When you start at a comfortable place, it can set you farther for maximum benefits of caring your body, and in this case, your mouth!
It avoids any gum diseases and tooth decays.
So what do you have to do in order to maintain your overall oral hygiene?
Firstly, make sure you brush well and enough.
Spend at least three minutes brushing your teeth daily, done twice a day, while flossing should be done once a day.
Choose the right toothbrush for you; never settle for a hard bristled one if you have sensitive gums. Studies show that battery-operated toothbrushes works best, since it has a brush that rotates and oscillates, which helps brush your teeth effectively and effortlessly.
Then, try to buy toothpastes that contains fluoride or xylitol, these help maintain your teeth and keep plaques at bay. They offer tartar control, which helps to slow any formation of hard mineral build-ups that stains or decay your teeth. Ask your dentist or inquire about these toothpastes at your local pharmacy and ask questions about these scientific terms to them if you have any concerns.
Furthermore, brush your teeth properly. Brushing your teeth harshly can cause your gum to get scraped hence damaging your gum and peel off the natural protective layers on your teeth. Brush at a 45-degree angle in an up and down motion with short strokes. Also, switch your brushing routine every two weeks; sticking to one style can lead you to not pay attention while brushing.
While brushing, be sure to brush all surfaces! These include hard reaching area at the back of the teeth, as well as cheek-sides and tongue. Another important factor is to brush your tongue properly. Do not leave any white film on it caused by food and drinks, as this will lead to bad breath. Some toothbrushes have a special tongue brush but you can also invent on a tongue scraper.
Be sure to floss when you can. And never pop the floss between your gums, they don’t scrape off the plaques that way! Gently curve the floss around your teeth and work your way around. Don’t worry if it bleeds, this is because your gum is not used to flossing yet. The bleeding will cease over time as your gum will become more healthy and tighter next to your teeth.
Finally, don’t exclude your diet as you are what you eat. Be sure to eat mouth-healthy food. Consume more wheat, dairy products (milk, yogurt, and cheeses), nuts and also sugar-free gums with xylitol as these will help to clean your mouth of harmful sugar and protect them against plaque. Avoid sugary foods at all cost, and never eat before bed without brushing your teeth. This is because saliva production decreases at night hence causing cavities if this happens.