We live in a society where many people avoid taking care of their teeth in general. Maybe it’s a fear of visiting the dentist, lack of time to do so, or maybe it’s a general lack of knowledge about how to properly take care of your teeth. Oral hygiene is not a course in any school, but maybe it should be! Recent studies have shown that a majority of Americans “wish they knew more” about dental hygiene. Well, we are here to help! Here are some common tips to help you improve you oral hygiene and overall health.
Yes! On the surface it doesn’t make much sense. Why brush your teeth when you are about to dirty them? It would be like making your bed immediately before getting into it for the night. The counter-argument is that brushing AFTER eating can actually be detrimental to your teeth. While eating, bacteria in your mouth helps digest your food. That same bacteria actually weakens your tooth enamel for a period of about an hour after eating. So if you brush immediately after eating, you can actually brush away your enamel. Brushing before eating can accomplish the goal of cleaning your teeth without the unwanted side effects.
For how often we do it (hopefully), many people do not know the proper technique when it comes to brushing. It should be done for at least two minutes, twice a day. Additionally, the brushing strategy should be systematic. Start in one corner of your mouth and work your way to the other, brushing both the inside and outsides of your teeth. Finally, try to not rinse with water after you are finished. Simply spit out the remaining toothpaste and walk away. Leaving some toothpaste remnants allows the fluoride to stay in your mouth and continue working much longer after you’re done brushing.
Many Americans contain some type of anxiety for going to the dentist. Unfortunately, many respond to that anxiety, by simply not going! That can only compound your problems by not showing up for routine check-ups. Dental anxiety is a very common feeling so simply let your dentist know about it and they can do everything they can to make you comfortable. Many dentists will let you listen to music during your appointment to help calm you and remove some of the louder noises.
It’s an experience we hope you never have to deal with, but it’s always good to be prepared. If you know out a tooth, many people would simply rinse it off and wrap it in a tissue or paper towel. This is one of the worst things you can do! That will kill the stem and it will die very quickly. The recommended practice is to try and stick it back in the cavity or submerge it in milk. Then, get to the dentist as fast as you can!
It’s never too late to learn more about proper dental hygiene! The better you treat your teeth now, the longer you’ll have them!