Preventive hygiene care, including brushing and flossing, and regular visits to your dental office, can help you maintain your oral health. Here, our Village Orthodontics - Niagara Falls orthodontists share their best oral hygiene tips.
By following these oral health tips, you can maintain healthy teeth and gums for life.
1. Brush twice a day, for at least minutes.
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably in the morning and before bed, for two to four minutes each time for good oral hygiene. Begin sweeping with your brush at a 45-degree angle. Brush your upper teeth with a downward motion and your lower teeth with an upward motion. Brush only back and forth on chewing surfaces.
2. Floss every night.
Flossing your teeth before brushing them not only removes debris but also reduces the risk of tooth decay. It also keeps your gums healthy. Use a piece of floss that is at least 18 inches long so that you can use a fresh section of floss every few teeth. Keep in mind that the floss should be rubbed against the teeth in a forward or backward 'C' shape, wrapping the floss around each tooth.
3. Rinse with mouthwash daily.
Including mouthwash in your oral hygiene routine can aid in the killing of germs that can accumulate in your mouth. Because mouthwash can reach places that toothbrushes and floss cannot, it can aid in the removal of debris that can irritate the gum line and lead to gum disease.
4. Brush or scrape your tongue daily.
Bacteria can remain on the tongue even after brushing your teeth. Brushing or scraping your tongue as part of your daily routine can help remove this bacteria while also freshening your breath. Make sure to brush your teeth with one toothbrush and scrape your tongue with another.
5. Visit the orthodontist regularly.
At least twice a year, see the orthodontist for a dental examination and cleaning. Orthodontists and hygienists have tools and techniques that allow them to clean your teeth much more thoroughly than you can at home. Regular exams also allow your orthodontist to detect any emerging problems and offer treatment options to prevent them from worsening.
6. Don’t delay dental treatments.
Many people have fears that prevent them from getting dental treatments, while others avoid treatments because they think that they will be too costly. The truth is, preventive check-ups and treatments do not cost much compared to extensive care for a dental crown or implant. Avoiding necessary treatments may impact your dental hygiene in a negative way and end up costing you more in the long run.
7. Make healthy food choices and minimize sugar.
The food you eat has an effect on your whole body, including your teeth. So be sure to eat plenty of fruits and veggies, and minimize your consumption of sugar which leads to cavities. Calcium and Vitamin D are necessary for maintaining the health of gums and teeth. You may take supplements, but it is better to drink milk, and fortified orange juice, and to eat yogurt, broccoli, cheese, and other dairy products. Vitamin B complex is also essential for the protection of gums and teeth from cracking and bleeding.
8. Limit pop, coffee, and alcohol.
Drinks with additives like corn syrup and food dye can make white teeth appear dull and discoloured. It is best to drink milk, which strengthens teeth and builds stronger enamel, and water, which hydrates your body.
9. Wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth.
If you play sports or other contact activities, it is recommended to wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth and gums from impact or injury. Most dental offices offer custom-made mouth guards for patients to comfortably fit their smiles and keep their teeth safe from damage.
10. Avoid habits that are harmful to your teeth.
Steer clear of tobacco and other substances that are harmful to your teeth, and try to break habits such as biting your nails or opening bottle caps with your teeth. If you have the habit of sucking your thumb, lip-biting, tongue-thrusting, or clenching your teeth, consult an orthodontist for treatment options.