Health care doesn’t just mean getting checkups or going to the hospital if you’re seriously ill. It also includes maintaining your dental and oral health. Bad oral hygiene will lead to serious oral issues such as dental cavities, gum diseases and lost teeth. It’s also associated with some serious health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and even cancer.
Taking care of your oral health and maintaining healthy teeth and gums is a long-term commitment. The earlier you do proper oral hygiene-such as doing simple brushing of teeth, dental flossing, having regular dentist visits, and limiting sugar intake- the more you can avoid further costly dental treatments and other health problems. The more so, the healthier gums and teeth, the more you can enjoy good food.
As early as possible you need to practice good oral hygiene regimens, perhaps brushing your teeth can do you good. However, the proper way of brushing your teeth is highly recommended by dentists. Not many people know that maybe they’re brushing their teeth the wrong way.
Firstly, you need to know the things you need when brushing your teeth. You will need the following:
- A standard, hand-held with a soft-bristled toothbrush
- A fluoride toothpaste
- Dental floss
Take note that you need to replace your toothbrush every 3 to 4 months since an overused toothbrush may not be that efficient anymore and may cause further damage to your gums. The use of fluoride toothpaste is highly recommended to most adults, however, use it with caution for children 6 years below. You may use special fluoride-free toothpaste for younger kids.
How to brush properly brush teeth
Proper brushing of teeth gets rid of plaque buildup around the teeth and gums that collects bad bacteria clinging to your tongue and the whole oral cavity. It also promotes a strong immune system and prevents gum diseases and tooth decays. Brushing twice a day for 2 minutes every time is recommended.
1. Wet the bristles or the head of the toothbrush with water to lubricate. Put only a pea-size toothpaste on it.
2. Put the head of the toothbrush into your mouth at an approximately 45-degree angle to your gums. Gently brush your teeth in a circular motion and strokes in front of your teeth.
3. Make sure you cover all the surfaces from the outside of your teeth, the back molars, and the upper chewing areas.
4. Include the back surfaces of your top front teeth by flipping the toothbrush upside down and flip it again to include the back surfaces of the bottom front teeth.
5. Brush scrape the tongue to remove any bacteria buildup as well as the plaques stuck there during brushing.
6. Spit out everything in your mouth especially the remnants of the toothpaste and water into the sink and rinse your mouth with clean water to finish off. You may use mouthwash if you want to make sure you washed everything out.