Most of us, when we are very young, are taught good dental and oral health habits. And yet, even though we’re aware of how important good oral hygiene is, we somehow fail to really take acre of our mouths as we get older.
It’s safe to say most adults in America brush their teeth at least once a day, but the figure goes down when we talk about flossing. That figure drops even more, rather dramatically actually, when we get into the subject of regular visits to the dentist.
How many people are under the false belief that they need not see the dentist unless and until they have a pain in their mouth? But obviously, by this time, it is too late. In order to keep cavities and gum disease in check, you need to see your dentist once if not twice (I can hear some of you shuddering at the thought) a year.
In the meantime here are some things to remember in your daily oral care routine:
It is strongly advised that you use a soft bristle brush and use even gentle strokes when brushing. Hard bristles can tear at your gum line which is very, very bad.
Also, try to stay focused when brushing and really pay attention to what you are doing. So many of us completely check out when brushing our teeth, our mind easily wanders. But pay attention to how hard you’re brushing and make sure to get all side of your teeth AND your tongue, where disgusting bacteria lives.
But it takes more than brushing to keep your teeth in good health. As we age, we need to stay aware of our individual oral health needs and pay attention more to what we’re putting in our mouths. Too many acidic foods can really wear away the enamel on your teeth.
If you must drink coffee or alcohol, try to brush more often or at least chew sugar-free gum in between.
Make sure to use not only toothpaste but mouthwash containing fluoride as well to help fight cavities. This is important for kids and adults.
Brush in between meals if you can, or if not, chew sugar-free gum.
Floss floss floss! Did we mention you should floss? You would be amazed at how food can stay trapped and decay in between your teeth.
And finally, we want to remind you one more time, whether you want to hear it or not – see your dentist AT LEAST once a year. It may not be pleasant, but neither is losing your teeth in your fifties.