Four Easy Oral hygiene habits for a better smile
Prevention is better than a cure and the best way to prevent dental caries and tooth decay is to look after your teeth…
That is why at Q Dental we have made a comprehensive list of the most beneficial oral hygiene habits to ensure your teeth remain healthy and strong.
Brush your teeth, gums and tongue at least twice a day…
Documented as early as the 1500’s, the toothbrush remains one of the most effective and timeless ways of maintaining healthy teeth. The toothbrush has gone through a massive transformation over the years of its conception from horse hair and boar bristle to synthetic and nylon bristles. The design of the tooth brush is to allow the bristles to gently alleviate and remove any plaque, food debris and bacteria from the teeth while safely reaching under the gums without irritating or harming them.
Getting into the habit of brushing at least twice a day can ensure that bacteria does not hang around in your mouth long enough to become plaque. Even the smallest flame can start the largest fire and the same instance can be considered for plaque, the more plaque that is allowed to remain in your mouth the higher your risk is of developing dental cavies, tooth decay and dental related diseases.
Choosing a toothbrush can be a difficult task as there is quite a large selection available commercially and they will all tell you that they do different things. Every toothbrush will clean your teeth to some degree but every mouth is different and when considering a toothbrush it is important to choose one that is going to be suitable for your needs.
1) Choose a brush with soft bristles… Soft bristles are more considerate to your teeth and gums while hard bristles can damage your gums and leave your teeth sensitive.
2) Electronic or no… there is no significant difference between an electronic toothbrush and a normal toothbrush, this choice can come purely to preference.
3) Size matters…choose a toothbrush head that will fit comfortably in your mouth. Remember that is has to conform to the curve of your mouth and teeth and if the head is too long it might clean your mouth ineffectively.
4) Colour and patterns…these factors have no influence on how the toothbrush cleans but it does influence your likelihood of cleaning. Pick a toothbrush that is fun and that you are going to want to pick up and use. Toothbrushes come in all types of interesting patterns and fun colours, especially for children who can find toothbrushes shaped like their favourite cartoon characters.
When brushing your teeth it is important to remember to keep your brush at a 45 degree angle against the gum line, gently brush the inside of your teeth and always brush your tongue. Some toothbrushes are equipped with a tongue cleaning pad because majority of the bacteria can be found on your tongue.
Floss between your teeth to get those hard to reach places…
One of the most underappreciated dental hygiene tools, floss is just as important in your cleaning routine as your toothbrush. Floss has the ability to glide seamlessly in between your teeth, a task that not even your toothbrush can accomplish without harming your gums. The floss can remove hard to reach plaque, food debris and bacteria from in between your teeth. It is a very simple tool to use and when used effectively it can make a huge difference to your oral health.
Proper flossing technique…
Commercial floss has conveniently designed floss compartments to have a small blade and a spool which the floss is wrapped around. When pulling out the floss from the compartment make sure you have enough floss to wrap around your fingers (for control) and about an inch or two to work with. Each space in your mouth is important, so in order to remember each space make a decision about how you are going to make your way around to each tooth. Gently push the floss through the gap in your teeth and curve the floss around your teeth and make a zigzag motion to free the debris from your mouth.
*If your gum line bleeds when you are flossing you might be doing it too hard.
Remain cavity conscious when you choose your meals and engaging in activities…
What you put in your mouth not only affects your waistline but it also affects the health and wellbeing of your teeth. The food that we eat plays a vital role in our oral health and if we consistently eat the wrong food with a lack of oral hygiene then problems can start to develop.
- Sugar… is one of the most destructive foods to teeth. It creates an acidic environment in your mouth which will remain up to two hours after you initially consume it. The sugar will actually begin to eat away at your tooth enamel – one of the strongest substances in the body.
- Alcohol…dries out your mouth and reduces the amount of saliva present in the mouth. Saliva is your body’s way of cleansing your mouth and helping food become a digestible paste. Alcohol is also strongly acidic and will erode, discolour and stain your teeth.
- Smoking…can actually leave you four times more likely to develop oral cancer. The aesthetic damages of smoking can leave your teeth discoloured, stained and translucent.
Visit Q Dental for a check-up every six months…
Maintaining a regular oral hygiene regiment is the only proven way of ensuring your teeth stay healthy and strong and part of this routine includes having your teeth looked at by professionals. At Q Dental we urge our patients to visit us every six months to ensure that their teeth are healthy and to prevent any deteriorating problems in the future.