1. Proper Brushing
Bruising your teeth seems like an obvious dental care tip. But did you know that over thirty percent of Americans are not brushing often enough? Brushing twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed is very important to your oral health. Make sure you hold the bristles so they are at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line. Your toothbrush should brush not only the teeth, but the gum line as well. Just be sure not to brush too hard. Use a back-and-forth, up-and-down motion to clean both the outside and inside surfaces of the teeth and gums.
Many people brush, but do not floss because they do not think it is important. Flossing can remove small particles that brushing may have missed. Flossing once a day can help break up plaque that may have built up around your gum line. Although it may seem like a nuisance, flossing is very important to your oral hygiene regimen.
3. Don’t Forget Your Tongue
Have you ever noticed a white color to your tongue? That is a sign that you have plaque buildup from not brushing properly. Use a tongue cleaner or just your toothbrush to clean your tongue while your brushing. Neglecting flossing can lead to bad breath and even worse dental health.
4. Visit Your Dentist
It may seem easy to skip seeing the dentist. After all, no one likes the dentist poking and prodding at your mouth. However, visiting the dentist can help catch dental problems early and prevent them from happening in the future.
5. Limit Sugar Intake
Sugar is a major cause of tooth decay, and it eats away at your enamel and gums. Sugary beverages, such as soda, can also make your white teeth appear discolored.
Follow these five simple tips for better oral health!