Regular, twice a year check- ups and good dental habits can prevent many dental problems. Here’s some hygiene tips to help keep your teeth for life.
- Brush your teeth properly. Always follow the 45-degree rule: brush with the bristles at a 45-degree angle from your gum line. Do the same for both sides (inside and outside) of the teeth. Practice the up and down, back and forth motion when brushing to make sure all parts of the teeth are brushed.
- Floss regularly. There are places in your mouth that toothbrushes can’t reach and mouthwash can’t wash out. By flossing, you get to those hard to reach places so you make sure no food particles are left in your mouth. Try flossing at least once a day, preferably after you eat dinner and before you go to sleep.
- Minimize soda, alcohol, and coffee. These beverages alone can do a lot of damage with high phosphorous content. Phosphorous can remove calcium in your body and without it, your teeth can weaken and become discolored.
- Stock up on calcium and other vitamins. Drink milk if you can. If you can’t, then go for fortified orange juices, yogurt, broccoli, and dairy products or a calcium supplement.
- Clean your tongue. Your tongue is part of your good oral hygiene as well. Take your toothbrush and lightly brush your tongue. It’s that simple!