Brush – Don’t Scrub
Scrubbing your teeth like you would your floors will only wear away the tooth enamel, leading to discomfort and additional sensitivity. To keep your teeth clean, apply very little force. Use a soft brush and lightly go over them. You are not power washing or scouring, you are polishing a delicate pearl.
When you scrub too hard, you are affecting your gum line as well. When you brush too hard on your gums, it can cause them to become irritated and inflamed. If this happens too frequently, your gums can start to shrink and recede.
This is a hard tip to follow, but sodas are harmful to teeth for a number of reasons. They contain a large amount of sugar, have artificial colors that will stain your teeth, and are very acidic. The phosphoric and citric acids are a large concern because they (too) eat away at your tooth enamel, making it softer and more prone to cavities.
While you’re at it, limit sugar binges. Sugar causes bacteria and acid in your mouth to increase. For every sugary treat or beverage you consume, you’re increasing the acid production in your mouth for up to 20 minutes.
Brush after Meals:
Many dentists suggest brushing after every meal. If that’s possible, it’s a great way to keep sugars from “nesting” in your teeth. However, there is an optimal time to do so. For best results, wait at least 30 minutes after eating before brushing. If you can’t brush after a meal, chew a piece of sugar-free gum.
The reason it is so critical to brush after eating is to remove the leftover food particles, stuck on sugar, and plaque that builds up in between the teeth after eating. Since we have bacteria in our mouth that loves to feed on sugar, any time after we eat is a smorgasbord for the bacteria that live in our mouth.
No matter how much of an expert brusher you are, there are areas of your mouth you just can’t get to. Flossing helps remove food and plaque between teeth and below the gum line. Bacteria takes 24 hours to create plaque, so flossing is a helpful way to prevent that process. However, don’t floss more than once a day, as you don’t want to irritate your gums.
While oral health has improved in young people ages 6–19, (only 40 percent of them had a cavity, versus 50 percent from a decade ago), adults continue to put off basic dental care. Stay on top of your oral health every day, and you’re more likely to maintain your teeth.
Visit your dentist:
While it might be obvious at first, but when you think about it, most people do not actually visit their dentist often enough or at all, unless they have an emergency that absolutely needs to be taken care of. If you take care of your teeth by following the tips above, your visits to the dentist do not need to be nearly as menacing as they are in case of other people, who tend to make things more difficult for themselves. Your relationship with your dentist keeps your oral health in balance and ensure timely protection of your pearlies.