How To Keep Your Teeth Clean

The most important thing is keeping your teeth clean for those who like wearing braces. Food bits do have more spots to hide inside your mouth. It’s best to avoid bad breath, gums that are swollen and discolored cavities. It’s very important to remove plaque regularly (while undergoing treatment) for shorter treatment time and better results. People wearing braces  advised to do the following to ensure their teeth are sparkling clean.

Brush your teeth regularly one tooth at a time.  Porcelain braces and wires tend to leave sore spots on each tooth. It’s up to you to brush carefully one tooth at a time paying more attention on the spots left behind by the braces. Take at least ten seconds before brushing each tooth. It’s important that you do this regularly after a meal since leaving food traces on your braces will lead to tooth decay and bad breath. Also if the food bits stay longer in your teeth then plaque will start forming. In the event that you forget to carry your brush then ensure you wash your mouth thoroughly with a lot of water. While brushing you need to consider all angles. Make sure your brush is tilted down in angle towards where your teeth and braces meet when brushing the top of your teeth and upwards when brushing the bottom of your teeth.

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Flossing does go hand in hand with brushing your teeth. Flossing tools are there to ensure that they reach deep into your teeth while brushing to a depth that your brush won’t reach. For those with tightly arranged teeth a floss threader will help you get the floss into those tight places. Super floss is much better for cleaning wider spaces in your teeth since they are characterized by a spongy section and a stiff end for easy threading. Use fluoride also in your toothpaste to help prevent cavities also ensure you rinse your mouth with fluoride mouth wash.

Wear Elastics or Rubber bands, staying in braces for a long time has a great effect on your teeth. It’s always a good idea to wear rubber bands to avoid damaging your teeth. You should also ensure that you remove them when having a meal and brushing. In case one of them breaks ensure that you replace them immediately.

The mouth has a light sensitive skin that when braces and wires come in contact a sore spot develops. This can take longer to heal, to avoid this you need wax to prevent this sensitive part in your mouth. Most people wearing braces do experience cracks in their lips. If you’re a victim of this use a chap stick regularly to prevent your lips from cracking. Finally for people wearing braces who love sports use a mouth guard while playing to protect your teeth and gums from physical damage. Take your time and practice all these tips to ensure your teeth are fit and clean.


How Important Is Your Dental Health?

Oral health is not only important to the health of your teeth, gums and mouth, but also gives an indication to the health of the whole body. Many recent studies have shown that due to the close connection between oral and overall health. Any problems in the mouth can affect parts in the rest of the body. Remember that a healthy smile means a healthy body. There are some basic oral care tips which everyone should follow as proper dental care has never before been more important.

Brushing twice a day. This one seems obvious but you may be surprised to know that there are many among us who sometimes don’t even brush once a day! The importance of brushing your teeth twice a day once in the morning and once before bed cannot be emphasized enough. Your dentist can show you the proper technique of brushing your teeth and tongue in order to maintain proper oral hygiene and keep your mouth fresh. Replacing your brush with a new one every 3 months is advisable.
Floss Daily. All the food we eat gets stuck between our teeth most of the time and stays there for hours. This leads to many oral problems such as bad breath due to build up of bacteria and cavities in the long run. Flossing regularly helps remove such food bits from between your teeth, it also saves your from the embarrassment of someone seeing the contents of your last meal as well as unpleasant breath!

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Antibacterial rinse and chewing gum. Cleansing the mouth with antibacterial rinse after meals is another important step towards oral health. Rinsing the mouth after meals helps reduce plaque activity and and bacteria. This helps reduce and prevent future cavities and gum diseases. Chewing sugar-free gum is helpful due to an increased saliva production in the mouth which is the best way to naturally neutralize acid in the mouth and wash away the bacteria.

You may not be aware of the health of your teeth and gums without a proper consultation after check-up. It is highly recommended to pay a visit to the dentist at least twice a year. Even if you have been slacking in oral care personally, your oral health may show any signs of problems. The dentist may be able to reduce and prevent any further damage. Don’t worry a dental visit isn’t as scary as you may think and you’ll definitely feel better afterwards. Your dentist may also be able to tell you if you are likely to be having any serious health problems like diabetes based on the health of your mouth!

As you can see, most of the tips of oral care are all about cleansing and oral hygiene. This is mainly due to the fact that a clean mouth will save you from future problems and help maintain oral health. It is a well known fact that prevention is always better than cure, and many of you will agree strongly with this statement. Especially those who may have had oral health problems in the past.