I have always been aware of my teeth especially because they are small and they aren’t actually close to each others. I have always dreamt of big ones, like the ones models and rich people have but I later realized that I should actually really appreciate my teeth.
Since I started Dental School I’ve actually really understood the importance of having some knowledge when it comes to a simple thing like “brushing your teeth”.
So what can you expect from this post? I am going to write some major facts that you should take into consideration every day so you can avoid as much as possible and expensive and painful trip to the Dentist.
- Brush your teeth at least 2 times a day. I know, if you ask 3 different doctors you will get 3 different answers when it comes to how many times one should brush their teeth but my advice is to do you. It is way better to brush them once a day than never. If you are lazy and 2 times a day seems like a struggle, try brushing them only at nighttime. During the day, our saliva does a pretty good job at keeping them clean but at night time, you don’t produce as much saliva as you will to during the day so when you wake up your teeth will be dirty and full of bacterias.
- Floss daily and use mouthwash. I know flossing can be a struggle but once you get ahead of it, it will be an easy job. Try to do it daily or at leas 3-5 times a week. I am honest here, I don’t always floss and I know I should definitely do it but you know, laziness gets to me too sometime. When it comes to mouthwash I use it every time after I brush my teeth. I swish it around my mouth for 1-2 minutes depending on how minty it is. Using a mouthwash after you brush your teeth will kill a lot of remaining bacterias and keep a bad breath under control. It doesn’t really do the trick if you don’t brush before !
- Don’t brush too hard or too much time. I know that there are a lot of people out there who think that brushing harder will get their teeth 100% clean and this is not actually true. A good brushing time is around 2-3 minutes max and you have to apply a medium pressure when doing so. Brushing too hard can make your teeth lose their natural curve used in prosthetics or you can even damage you gums and cause some bleeding.
- Go to the dentist at least once in 6 months. I have a saying when it comes to teeth “Better to prevent than to treat’. We all know that the a more complicated procedure will involve more pain so why wait for a cavity for example to get bad when you can simply pay a visit to your dentist and get rid of the cavity in 15 minutes.
- Do a scaling every 6 months or sooner if you are a person that is predisposed to get tartar faster. It doesn’t actually hurt to clean your teeth from tartar and it is better to take action as soon as possible and don’t let it accumulate on your teeth. Tartar can get under gingival too and trust me, it is a little bit painful to get rid of that one. After you are done with scaling most of the dentists will provide you with a professional brushing too so you will have your teeth as clean as possible.
- Whitening your teeth very frequently? You might want to reconsider that. Doing so, you will get more sensitive teeth and you can also get some gum irritation or even gum and enamel damages. Make sure you talk it trough with your dentist and never proceed to do it on your own by using whitening dental strips and so on.
- Buy the toothbrush that suits your teeth not the one you see in a commercial. Our teeth are very different so don’t go for a hard one if you tend to bleed when your brush your teeth. A soft one will be beneficial for you teeth and gums health. When it comes to the question “Do I use an electric or a regular toothbrush?” The answers might vary. I use both honesty. I do feel like an electric tooth brush cleans my occlusal face (the one you see on top) of my molar and premolars better and as I have some problems reaching the last molar the electric one does the job for me. I use this one from Philips.
- Don’t forget about your tongue! Let’s be honest, how many of us actually take their time to brush their tongue? I didn’t use to do it but I’ve starting getting into this habit and you should too. Why? Because there are a lot of bacterias that can accumulate on our tongue so brushing only the teeth wouldn’t actually get rid of it. But be careful, don’t brush it too hard or too long. 30 seconds max will do it, in the end, you don’t want to damage your lingual papillae.
Have you learned something from this post? If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment and I will happily answer!