Dental care is an often neglected— but absolutely necessary— hygienic obligation. If you do not take proper care of your teeth, it can lead to many dental complications. Tooth decay, plaque, gum disease, and even heart disease are complications of poorly cared-for teeth.
The following are essential tips to keep your mouth clean and these illnesses at bay.
Twice a Day, Every Day
Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day. This is what the ADA recommends, and it is a good practice. Brushing your teeth should be part of your regular routine.
Choose a Toothbrush with Soft Bristles
The toothbrush that you use is very important in ensuring proper oral hygiene. Try choosing a toothbrush that has soft bristles. This will help protect your gums and will keep them from bleeding. Also, look for a toothbrush that has a tongue cleaner so that you will be able to have the cleanest mouth possible.
Floss, Floss, Floss
Don’t forget to floss. A lot of people don’t take the time to floss twice a day, but it really helps. You cannot reach all of the food and bacteria with your toothbrush. Flossing can help you to get in between all of your teeth, which means that you will have less cavities.
Get the Right Vitamins
Vitamin deficiencies can cause tooth decay and gum trouble. Increasing vitamin B and calcium should be considered if you have mouth that is not as healthy as it should be. You can find these in dairy and fruits.
Switch to Diet Soda
Drinking soft drinks is not very good for you, but if you are going to have one you should select one that is diet. Those of you that insist on drinking a full-calorie beverage should drinking it rather quickly instead of sipping it since this limits the contact it makes with your teeth.
Don’t Avoid the Dentist
If you notice a twinge of pain in one or more of your teeth, make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. These twinges are indicative of a crack or chip in the enamel, and are more common in people where fluoridated water is not common. It is so important to address the problem quickly because even a repair will not restore the enamel to its original strength. The longer you wait, the more likely it will be that you need a root canal or further intervention.
There are many complications that can happen when you do not take proper care of your teeth. The complications can range from painful to fatal, so it is important to follow proper dental care procedures.