Nobody likes a trip to the dentist, if I’m being completely honest I am absolutely petrified of going within 10 yards of the place, the idea of drilling and needles is too much to bear for most of us so it makes sense to keep our teeth in good order. In addition, pain in the mouth is one of the worst pains that you can have in your body especially when you consider the pain when you breathe, eat, drink and talk, I think it’s safe to say that avoiding dental problems should be high on our agenda. In order to avoid trips to the dentist here are 7 things that your dentist would suggest that you do more of.
Everyone knows that they need to brush their teeth, what many fail to do is to brush them as regularly as they should, just to confuse us further, we are recommended not to brush them too much. The best approach is to brush them morning and night and, where possible, after food. The trick is not to brush too hard, less brushing more frequency should keep those teeth in check.
Flossing as part of your morning and nightly brushing routine will really help to get all those little pieces of food out of your teeth and keep your gums healthy. It doesn’t take long and it can have a great impact when it comes to healthy teeth and avoiding the dentist.
Not only does coffee dehydrate you which is bad for all of your body, teeth included, but it stains teeth and over time can lead to yellowy-brown teeth. Everyone wants that perfect smile and if you are drinking liters of coffee a day then you are never going to have one, cut down the coffee for whiter teeth and a better smile.
The benefits of stopping smoking are numerous for your body and especially for your teeth. Not only does smoking stain your teeth yellow but it also destroys the enamel of your teeth and harms your gums. Long time smokers will have unstable, skinny teeth and unhealthy gums leading to more and more trips to the dentist. Cut out the cigs if you really want healthy teeth.
Drinking alcohol thins the blood and damages teeth, not only that bit drinks like red wine will stain your teeth as well. Remember that alcohol is sugar and that sugar stays on your teeth and prevents your teeth from getting the nutrients it deserves. Cutting out drinking has numerous benefits for your body and it is worth doing for your health and the health of your teeth and gums.
Clean Your Tongue
Cleaning your tongue may seem like a radical idea but it is actually incredibly sensible, there are literally thousands of bacteria living on your tongue that you need to clean daily. When you think of what goes in to your mouth, food, drink, dust particles etc. it makes sense that the bacteria would find a safe and warm home on your tongue, give it a scrub and kill off the little critters.
Replace Your Toothbrush
You should be replacing your toothbrush every 2-3 months, if you don’t then you will simply be transferring bacteria from your toothbrush back in to your mouth which seems pretty silly when the goal is to clean them. If you use an electric toothbrush then you should be replacing the heads every 2-3 months as well.