As is the case with most things, you only have one chance to help your teeth remain healthy. Once you start down the wrong road, you leave the door open for gingivitis, cavities and other dental issues. To take responsibility for your dental health, read on.
Make sure to look around for an affordable dentist. You can look at a dental school if you are uninsured. You shouldn’t neglect your teeth. Aim to visit the dentist twice per year.
Avoid soda. Soda contains a high level of sugar so this will not help your teeth at all. Try water instead. Healthy teeth lead to improved overall health.
Ask your dentist before he starts working what kind of sign you can use to let him know that you are in pain, or need a break. Perhaps you can create a hand signal to get your message across. Frequently, this step will not be necessary, but you will be better able to relax if you know that you have the option available to you.
If there is even a tiny spot of blood on the sink or your mouth after you brush, it’s time to see the dentist, or a periodontist. Bleeding gums could indicate gum disease, which might turn into a serious issue if left untreated. Gum disease can lead to diabetes, infections, loss of teeth and bone.
You must brush your teeth as soon as you get done eating. Do not wait too long or plaque will have time to form on your teeth. By brushing within 30 minutes of eating, you can reduce the amount of plaque build-up on your teeth. This means less toothaches down the road.
Visit your dentist every 6 months. By going to the dentist regularly, you may be able to prevent most serious problems from happening with your teeth. Your dentist can help you avoid gum disease, catch tooth decay early and remove built up plaque when you visit him regularly.
Treat your teeth to dental cleaners between appointments with your dentist. You should be able to find these easily in your local drug store. They look like mini tooth brushes, except they are better because they can get in between your teeth, braces and can go where ever you go with ease. Some of these are sold under the names Sulcabrush, Oral-B Interdental Brush and Stim-U-Dent.
Remember to brush two or three times daily for healthy, clean teeth. You should aim to brush in the morning, at night, and after every meal. If you cannot brush your teeth after a meal, chew a piece of sugar-free chewing gum to help clean your teeth and fresh your breath.
Use your lipstick to cover up yellow teeth. Corals and reds make your teeth appear to be whiter than they are. Lipstick shades that are lighter do the opposite. Even if you have white teeth they could look like they’re yellow.
Brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. Food also collects on your tongue, and bacteria forms there just as it does on your teeth. This bacteria can cause cavities, as well as bad breath.
As mentioned earlier, if you ignore caring for your teeth, you will regret it in the future. A long life filled with healthy smiles require work on your part. Fortunately, as long as you use the tips that you just read in your dental routine you will be able to have the smile that you have always wanted.