As much as you want your body to remain healthy. You also need to keep your teeth and gums healthy. A research shows that there exists a linkage between a person’s oral health and his overall health.
Bad oral hygiene can cause tooth decay or gum problems that can lead to a lot of pain and even tooth loss.
Brushing and flossing are the basic activities of a good dental routine. The following are some tips for you to keep your teeth and gums healthy and have a sparkling smile-
- Brush twice a day
- Brush properly
- Flossing is essential
- Use fluoride toothpaste
- Have a dental checkup
1. Brush twice a day- You must have heard this advice since your childhood. Even so, many of us neglect brushing our teeth at night. Make it a 2x2 rule i.e. to brush your teeth for 2 minutes at a time twice a day. This helps in getting rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.
2. Brush properly- Obviously, you must be thinking this a basic thing we all know. But, brushing your teeth involves moving the toothbrush gently and cleaning your teeth in small circular motions to remove plaque. Brushing too harshly can damage tooth enamel and gums that negatively affects your tooth sensitivity and cause gum erosion.
3. Flossing is essential- Flossing is as much as important as brushing. Floss once a day. Flossing not only removes little pieces of food that stuck in between your teeth but it also stimulates the gums, reduces plaque. It even helps in reducing inflammation in that area. It kills oral bacteria and fights plaque.
4. Use fluoride toothpaste- There are numerous type of toothpaste available in the market. Some of them claim to whiten your teeth, make your gums stronger but no matter what type you choose make sure it contains fluoride in it. Fluoride works against tooth decay and fights germs and acts as a protective shield for your teeth.
5. Have a dental checkup- It is recommended to see a dentist every 6 months for a dental checkup. The dental check up includes checking for cavities, gum disease, mouth cancer and other oral health issues. The hygienist also cleans your teeth and removes plaque and hardened tartar.