What can you do to keep your mouth healthy?
- Brushing and floss daily
- Use fluoride
- Limit sugary snacks
- Get a dental check-up once per year
- Use a mouth guard for sports
Read on for more!
Daily brushing and flossing are important for oral health!
Brushing your teeth removes plaque build-up and food from your teeth and gums. This should be done after every meal for the best results and to keep plaque from building up and food from getting stuck!
The best regular-use toothbrush is one that has soft bristles. When the bristles bend and fray – usually every three to four months – replace the toothbrush. If you have been sick, replace your toothbrush sooner to help prevent the spread of germs.
Proper brushing is especially important, but how do you do that?
1. Hold the brush against your teeth with the bristles at a slight angle.
2. Use short strokes to gently clean two teeth at a time.
3. Inside the front teeth: brush with small circles using the tip of the brush.
4. Don’t forget to brush your tongue! This gets rid of bacteria and helps keep your breath fresh.
Always rinse your toothbrush thoroughly after brushing and store it in a clean, preferably dry (to prevent the growth of bacteria and/or mold). Keep it away from other brushes.
Flossing cleans everything out from between the teeth and under your gum line – places your toothbrush can’t get to. Do this once per day to prevent gum disease and don’t worry if it’s hard to do at first – it gets easier as you practice!
To floss properly:
1. Wrap an 18 inch length of dental floss around the middle finger of your left and right hand so that you can hold it steady.
2. Hold the floss between your fingers and work it between your teeth and slightly under your gum line by gently moving the floss back & forth.
3. Curve the floss along the tooth, sliding it into the space between the tooth and gum until you feel some resistance. Gently move the floss up and down to get rid of plaque. Repeat this motion on all your other teeth as needed – use a clean part of the floss as you go!
Good habits to get into!
In summary: Get yourself a soft-bristle brush and a container of dental floss and make use of them every day. This will prevent cavities, keep your breath fresh and generally improve your oral health so that, the next time you go to the dentist, you’ll make them incredibly proud!
You can purchase these items at any grocery store and even some convenience stores, and you do not need an expensive toothbrush to do the job.