|We all want a healthy smile. At the end of the day, we use our teeth many times a day, each and every day. Sometimes we might even forget about how important our teeth and dental health really are. At the same time, dental issues can prove to be extremely painful and can be expensive to rectify, so we want to avoid dental issues as much as possible. But what steps can you take to maintain healthy a smile as much as possible? Here are a few suggestions that will help you along the way!
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1. Dental Checkups
Of course, the first step towards maintaining a healthy a smile is to make sure that you visit your dentist regularly. It’s recommended that the average adult visits their dentist twice a year. However, if you are more prone to dental problems, you may need to check in more often. Your dentist will be able to give you more personalized recommendations for any issues and to maintain teeth and mouth health.
2. Dental Treatments
When you visit your dentist, they may recommend dental treatments. These can range from fillings to root canals, invisible braces, bridges, crowns and more. Some will be recommended for your health and well-being as dental health can have an overall impact on your holistic health. Other recommended treatments can be more cosmetic. Be sure to first consider any recommended treatments related to your health prior to the cosmetic suggestions in order to maintain optimal oral health.
We all know the importance of brushing our teeth twice a day. This is a healthy habit that we’re told that we need to do from childhood onwards. But all too many of us begin to slip when it comes to brushing our teeth thoroughly enough. Without brushing your teeth, you can quickly experience gum disease and tooth decay. So make sure to keep on top of this healthy habit of brushing your teeth.
If possible, invest in an electric toothbrush. Sure, a manual toothbrush can produce the same results, but people are less likely to be thorough with a manual toothbrush. Brush for at least two minutes in the morning and two minutes in the evening using a fluoride based toothpaste. Finally, don’t forget to brush your tongue (this can help reduce the bacteria in your mouth and keep your breath smelling fresher for longer).
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Another important step in dental hygiene is flossing. All too many people choose to skip this step, but it’s so important that you keep the space between your teeth clean too! This will remove food and other particles that can easily become trapped in between your teeth.
Flossing will remove this interdental build up. It is also an important part of avoiding gum disease, as food build up between teeth can cause irritation to the gum line. Consider using both standard dental floss and interdental cleaners. If you would like further information on proper flossing technique, contact your dentist or oral hygienist.
A final step of the dental hygiene process is using a good quality mouthwash or mouth rinse once you’ve finished brushing and flossing. The main purpose of mouthwash is to freshen breath with a nice minty scent, however there are also specialist rinses out there that can help to control the development of bacteria in your mouth.
Hopefully, these five tips on how to keep your smile healthy will help! Each step is extremely important, so make sure to factor them all into your routine. It’s simple but really will make all the difference!
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