Dental Health – 4 Tips For Whiter Healthier Teeth

Excerpt: Dental health is like going to the gym for your mouth, except you can do it in the comfort of your bathroom...

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Dental Health – why should you care?

Dental health is like going to the gym for your mouth, except you can do it in the comfort of your bathroom, the equipment does not cost as much, and it will save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars at the dentist. With proper dental hygiene you can experience everything from healthier teeth, better breath, improved and even self confidence!

Tip 1 – Brushing

Never skip brushing, everyone should be brushing their teeth for a minimum of 1-2 times day, for those that want to take extra special care, brush 3 times a day. This should be done when you wake up, and right before you go to bed. For the optional (but preferred) 3rd time, try to brush after lunch. 

 

To properly brush your teeth, make sure you brush each tooth individually, and pay extra attention to your molars since they do the brunt of the chewing.

Tips on picking the right brush:

  • Look for soft-medium bristles – Soft bristles will be fine for most people, harder bristles can damage the teeth or gums.
  • Get a long handle – You should use a standard size toothbrush, not something smaller like a travel-sized toothbrush. This will give you the reach you need.
  • Properly sized toothbrush head – If you’re really picky, make sure the tooth brush head is at least a half-inch wide and an inch tall (don’t bother bringing a measuring tape to the grocery store, you can just eyeball it).
  • Go electric – Electric toothbrushes are a much better option than standard brushes. If you’re on a budget, you can usually find them for $15.00 or less, we recommend getting a rechargeable brush though as you will be spending less on batteries.

Tip 2 – Flossing

If you can help it, never skip flossing as it is just as important as brushing! Certain foods like bread and candy can get stuck in your teeth way more than other foods. Flossing will help get these food particles out from in between your teeth while reducing plaque and tartar build up at the same time. If you go to bed with a piece of food that has been lodged in your gums, they may swell up and become painful by morning. Flossing is one of the best ways to prevent this from happening.

 

Here is what you should look for when picking a dental floss:

  • Floss thickness – Depending on the gap sizes in your teeth you may need a thinner or thicker floss.
  • Floss pick – You may not be able to fit dental floss in your teeth, you might not have a wide enough gap, or if you have limited dexterity in your hands, you can choose a floss pick. There are different options for floss picks so choose the one that works for you.
  • Floss flavour – There are a variety of different floss flavours to make flossing more enjoyable, you can also fine non-flavoured floss as well if you prefer no flavour. 

Tip 3 – Mouthash

Mouthwash should be used by everyone, multiple times a day! Unfortunately, it’s probably the most underrated tip on this entire list. If you get a mouthwash you should be on the lookout for products with fluoride in them, if you have stained teeth they also make teeth whitening mouthwash, and you should pay attention to the alcohol content. If you have anyone in your household with a past history of drinking problems, or if you have children using mouthwash, alcohol-free is highly recommended.

How to pick your mouthwash:

  • Fluoride – Mouthwashes with fluoride will do a better job at killing bacteria and preventing gum disease.
  • Alcohol content – Pick an amount suitable for you. If you have children, or if anyone using it has any history with drinking problems no alcohol would be best.
  • Flavour – Pick a flavour you enjoy, it’s best to use mouthwash at the end of the routine so you should pick a flavour that you like.

Tip 4 – Awareness and prevention!

To, “be aware”, means to pay attention to the foods you are eating, how much you are eating them, and when you are eating them. Eating after you brush your teeth at night is not advisable as the bacteria and acid from the food will be attacking your teeth for the whole night while you sleep. 
 
Prevention is implementing all these strategies on a daily basis, if done properly, plaque & tartar will not have time to build up and cause issues. You’ll also be left with fresh breath, white teeth, and a healthy mouth, so there’s no reason not to have an outstanding oral regiment.
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