Taking care of your mouth, teeth, and gums is something that will have been embedded into your subconscious when you were a child, and it is quite likely that one or both of your parents encouraged you to brush your teeth and even stood next to you as you completed the task.
As an adult, however, oral hygiene and healthcare become entirely a personal responsibility, and as such, for a variety of different reasons, regular tooth brushing, flossing, and mouth washing often fail to be a priority.
However, good oral health will also help to reduce your risk of a stroke, heart disease, and even diabetes, as well as ensure your smile is as beautiful as your personality. With that being said, here is a comprehensive guide to oral health.
Use a Softer Toothbrush
Some people make the mistake of assuming the harder the bristle on their toothbrush, the more effective brushing will be in removing stains and maintaining white, sparkling enamel on their teeth.
In reality, quite the opposite is true, and although it is true to say that firm and medium toothbrushes may feel as if they are more thorough, they can damage your teeth over time, making it much more sensible to brush thoroughly with a soft-bristled brush.
Never Over Brush
Another important tip for good oral hygiene practice regarding brushing your teeth is to wait at least half an hour after eating (your saliva will break down food debris, making it easily removable with a toothbrush) and never over-brush.
Brushing more than twice a day can not only damage your gums, making them red, sore, and more susceptible to the development of gum disease but also serve to break down the enamel on your teeth in an irrevocable manner.
Perhaps you used to be a full-time smoker and are now experiencing the ill effects of stained and yellowing teeth as a result, or perhaps you spent many years ignoring the advice to brush, floss, and rinse your teeth twice a day every day.
There are a variety of reasons why you may well be interested in having your teeth professionally whitened, and if you do want to pursue this avenue, just make sure you book an initial consultation with reputable and established orthodontics Enfield.
Additionally, there are also certain types of foods that will help your natural enamel to stay white and stain-free, which include cucumbers, celery, pears, lettuce, carrots, and apples.
Don’t Forget Your Tongue!
Finally, but just as important as the other help and advice within this article, you must not forget your tongue when it comes to protecting your oral health.
As well as brushing your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once before you go to sleep, you should also use the back of the toothbrush to brush your tongue once a day too. Brush from the back of your mouth towards the front, and if you feel this is not enough for optimum tongue cleanliness, you could ask your dentist to recommend a specifically designed tongue cleaner.