Adults have the misconception that their teeth will always be there. This is only true if you take proper care of your teeth and gums. You can have functional teeth and a healthy mouth if you work on it. Your daily habits should be geared towards attaining a healthy smile rather than a perfect smile.
What can you do? Here are some expert tips from a favorite dentist in Meridian Idaho, Scott W. Grant, DMD.
Preventing Tooth Decay with Thorough Cleaning
Brushing at least twice a day with a clean and proper toothbrush is not enough if your goal is a thorough cleaning. You still have to floss. It is normal to experience bleeding the first time you floss. If you can get through that phase, the flossing should e easier the next time around. Remember you are removing food sources for the bacteria that live in your mouth. If you keep their numbers balanced, there should be nothing to worry about. You cannot have plaque and tartar if bacteria do not prosper.
How to Get to the Inaccessible Parts
After brushing and flossing, you must still find time to use a mouthwash to deal with debris that may lead to gingivitis. Your toothbrush may not get to the less accessible parts of your mouth, and this is why a mouthwash in necessary. There is another part of the mouth that people often forget to clean—the tongue. Brushing it will do, but a ridged-tooth tongue scraper will remove food scraps and bacteria. Tongue cleaning should also be part of the daily routine.
Staying Health and Well
A thorough cleaning will not do you any good if you maintain habits that promote poor oral health. For instance, too much intake of alcohol and regular smoking will ruin your mouth. It is also necessary to eat balanced meals every day to boost the body’s ability to fight illness.
When you are doing routine oral care, remember you are not just preventing tooth decay. You are maintaining oral health.