How to Maintain Your Teeth at Home
Going in for your biannual regular dental exams and cleanings can be one of the best ways to prevent you from serious dental problems. Although, how you manage your teeth at home is also important for keeping your teeth healthy.
1. Start early.
Even before a baby has teeth, parents should wipe their gums with a soft cloth to remove debris and bacteria. Once teeth appear, you will need to start routine, biannual checkups, as well as begin a dental hygiene routine that involves brushing after meals. When your child is old enough to brush his or her own teeth, make sure to monitor them to ensure good brushing habits are maintained.
2. Brush properly.
Many people fail to spend enough time brushing or they brush too aggressively, both of which can damage their teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush and a gentle circular motion to brush your teeth, while spending at least two minutes brushing all surfaces of your teeth.
3. Floss regularly.
Your toothbrush cannot reach all the places in which bacteria can hide. Dental floss can be used to clean in between the teeth and at the gumline. Be sure to floss at least once a day to prevent any unwanted tartar or plaque buildup. If you have dental bridges or braces, you may need to use a special flossing tool to thread the floss around the restorations.
4. Protect your teeth.
If you grind your teeth, you may be wearing them down at the rate of one millimeter a year. If you suffer from this, then wear a mouth guard to protect your teeth. You can also use fluoride treatments and dental sealants to protect your teeth against decay.
5. Watch for changes.
Bleeding gums, a change in bite, or noticeable sores in your mouth that do not heal should be checked to determine their cause.
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