Our dental health should be improved year-round, not simply for a few weeks, as is often the case with New Year’s resolutions we set but seldom fulfill. After all, the start of the new year is the best time to make a commitment.
The seven tips listed below may assist you in maintaining and improving your oral health.
1. Brush your teeth twice a day
Make sure to brush both sides and the chewing surface of your teeth with a soft-bristled brush angled at 45 degrees to your gum line using small circular movements. Allow at least one minute for each row of your teeth.
Brushing your teeth with too much pressure and using hard-bristled brushes can wear down the enamel and gum tissue, resulting in sensitive teeth and receding gums. You’re applying too much pressure if the bristles on your toothbrush get splayed too soon.
2. Switch to a new toothbrush every 3 to 4 months
Brushes degenerate as a result of daily usage. If the bristles are fanned out, or the bristle ends are frayed, you should replace them. Additionally, store your brush so that it can air dry. If it’s moist, bacteria might develop on it faster, putting you at an increased risk of oral infections.
3. Make sure to floss every day
Flossing helps remove bacteria between teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Furthermore, it eliminates food leftovers that have been lodged in difficult-to-reach areas, potentially causing decay and bad breath. All dental specialists recommend flossing in addition to brushing at least twice a day.
Make sure to floss properly. By pressing the floss straight down between your teeth, you risk cutting into your gums, which will irritate and inflame them and the plaque will remain in place. Wrap an 18- to 24-inch strand of floss over your middle fingers and move it up and down your teeth, hugging the sides. On each tooth, use a fresh piece of floss.
4. Get fluoridated products
To help the enamel remineralize, some manufacturers include fluoride in their products. Your dental health might be weakened if you don’t use toothpaste and mouthwash with fluoride in them.
A recent study found that those who regularly floss and brush their teeth with non-fluoridated products are at risk for cavities regardless. If it contains fluoride, a product should only be approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) for use, so make sure to pay attention to what you’re purchasing.
5. Get an antiseptic mouth rinse
An antiseptic rinse helps your breath smell fresh by eliminating any leftover food debris and bacteria in your mouth after you brush and floss.
6. Limit sugary beverages and foods
Sugar’s role in the development of tooth decay is still being studied. However, sodas and most fruit juices come with huge amounts of sugar, which coats your whole tongue when you drink it, resulting in a perfect breeding ground for bacteria. Also, avoid processed foods, as many of them include added sugar.
7. Stay away from starchy foods
Tooth decay can also be brought on by starchy meals like bread, spaghetti, crackers, and chips. These meals have a tendency to stay in the mouth longer and break down into simple sugars that bacteria that produce acid may feed on. The American Diabetes Association recommends eating a lot of fiber-rich veggies and fruits in addition to dairy products without added sugar to help preserve your gums and enamel.