You might think that you take care of your teeth, but a recent poll would suggest otherwise. For instance, let’s think about flossing. How often do you floss your teeth? The correct answer should be after every meal, but we think we can safely say hardly anyone does this. Despite that, if you’re not flossing after each meal you’re giving more than enough time for plaque to build up around your teeth and damage your gums. Not a pleasant idea, we’re sure you’ll agree. However, that still doesn’t change the fact that twenty-five percent of people say they only floss a couple of times each week. That’s not enough and if you’re worried about this here are a few other things you should be doing to keep your teeth healthy.
Brush The Right Way
You should be brushing at a thirty-degree angle and spend about one minute on each of the four sections of your mouth. That’s right, it should take you about four minutes to brush your teeth. So anyone breezing through in thirty seconds isn’t spending long enough at all. You should also make sure that you are using an electric brush if you can. Research shows that electric brushes are far more effective for cleaning teeth compared to your typical standard brush. You need to make sure you’re getting as close to the gumline as possible too. Don’t shy away from brushing if you see a little bleeding. This might just mean you’re brushing more effectively than usual.
Use A Straw
You should make sure that you are drinking any iquids that include sugar through a straw. If you don’t do this, then you will be dousing your teeth in sugary drinks that will a damage your teeth. You don’t even want to see what happens to a tooth if you leave it in a glass of coke overnight. Needless to say, there’s not much left of it in the morning. That’s why you should be minimizing any exposure like this as much as possible.
Don’t Leave Problems To Fester
If you have an issue with your teeth, you shouldn’t just leave it. Do that, and it will quickly get worse to the point where it’s causing plenty of damage inside your mouth. If, for instance, your teeth start to hurt, make sure that you get an emergency dentist. Emergency dentists operate just like the ER. They’ll fix up your teeth quickly and ensure that no serious complications arise.
Don’t Bleach Your Teeth
Finally, you might want white teeth like the stars but let’s be honest here. Bleaching your teeth actually, weakens them so you could end up with more problems if you do this. They won’t start falling out but they will feel weaker, and you might find they don’t handle hard foods that well. That’s why it’s best to try a natural whitening treatment instead. A little lemon juice and baking soda whitens your teeth too and doesn’t result in the dangers from bleaching.
Do you still think you’re looking after your teeth, or could you take better care of your gnashers?