Expert Dental Hygiene Tips
Statistically, about 45% of the people 65+ years old do have an incomplete set of teeth, and a major reason is because they did not respect the strict rules of a regular dental hygiene regimen.
We all know that brushing and flossing is extremely important, but many tend to disregard that how you brush the teeth is also extremely important.
Any dentist you will talk to, will say that in order to prevent a lot of damage to both your teeth and your gums you should brush your teeth at least twice per day, use the floss and an antibacterial mouthwash.
Moreover, regular dental checkups are a must if you truly want to keep at bay dental complications such as gum disease, abscesses, infections and even oral cancer.
The greatest majority of people will brush their teeth quickly, applying only a few strokes then rinsing. About 10 or 15 seconds of brushing are not enough to eliminate all those food particles and bacteria from the mouth.
Also, people tend to insist with brushing on the front teeth, and forget about the molars. The molars are the most used for chewing on food, so there will be many deposits on and around the molars. Therefore, make sure that you will not forget brushing the same intensely all your teeth, on all sides.
Dentists generally say that in order to make sure you eliminate all bacteria and food particles, you have to brush the teeth for at least two minutes each time. An electric toothbrush is recommended, but if you don’t have one or don’t want to use one, choose a manual toothbrush with soft bristles. The harsh bristled toothbrush might easily damage the enamel on your teeth.
Brushing done gently is the most advisable, because with very vigorous strokes you can do damage not only to the tooth enamel but to your gums as well.
Besides using sweeping motions, you should also get used to the “tipping” motion with the brush upon the surface of the teeth. This motion will help you clean nicely the crevices in between the teeth.
The entire mouth is a place that can easily withhold bacteria. Therefore besides brushing your teeth, you will also need to cleanse thoroughly the tongue and even the palate (roof of the mouth) and insides of your cheeks.
You will definitely notice that your entire breath is much fresher and you will have that feeling of a thoroughly sanitized mouth.
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