How to keep a good oral health
Good oral health enables you to enjoy all kinds of delicious food, and it is also a symbol of your overall health. On the contrary, oral health problems like tooth decay and gum issues can impair your confidence, cause tooth loss and other consequences in work or life. So, how to maintain good oral health?
Brush teeth the right way
Most people brush their teeth twice a day, but they may follow the wrong techniques. It is the most effective if you brush your teeth at 45°and in small circular motions for up to 2 or 3 minutes. Make sure you’ve brushed the front, back, and top of all your teeth, and then clean your tongue with the toothbrush or tongue scraper.
The toothbrush bristles should be soft enough that won’t cause any damage to your tooth enamel or gums. Change your toothbrush if you notice any frayed bristles or have used them for 3 months.
Sometimes teeth brushing can’t remove all the food residue, so you can use floss as a supplement. Entangle the floss of about 18 inches long around one of the fingers of your left hand, and the rest around the other. Just push the floss between your tooth and gum, and then gently proceed in an up-and-down motion.
Use a mouthwash
Besides brushing your teeth daily and using floss, you can also use mouthwash to main good oral health. It contains ingredients that can help control plaque and gingivitis.
Avoid smoking and sugary food
Smoking will leave your teeth yellow and make your mouth smelly. What’s worse, it can interrupt cell recovery, especially when your body is managing to heal some tissues.
Sugary food, on the other hand, includes sugary drinks, processed food with added sugar, and starchy food that will break down into simple sugars. All these foods are wonderful nourishment for the bacteria to grow which can lead to tooth decay.
See a dentist
Most of the time, your oral health problems should be cured if you follow the rules as above, but if you notice oral symptoms for a long period of time, such as red and tender gums, and gums bleeding, consider visiting the dentist. He or she will do regular checkups or X-rays for you and offer treatment accordingly.