Dental Care Tips

by maxtooth on February 14, 2013

In these modern times, we have a vast array of products for dental care available that help us maintain oral hygiene, which are crucial for getting plaque and bacteria under control. However, some people still have plenty of dental complaints and discomfort. Perhaps, there are still many things to learn about oral health than simple brushing.

Here are some dental care tips:

1.) About Brushing

Of course, the conventional knowledge about brushing is still the most basic dental care. It is very important that you brush early in the morning to remove the bacteria and plaque that accumulated overnight and at night before going to bed, because when we sleep saliva dries up. Make sure to clean all surfaces of your teeth and don’t forget to include your gums.

Use toothbrushes that have soft bristles and the small head kind. Soft bristles ensure that you don’t damage your tooth enamel and you don’t irritate your gums. Furthermore, use enough gentle pressure.

2.) About Flossing

It is also helpful to floss in-between your teeth prior to brushing. This helps remove the plaque in these areas. Around 90% of oral problems start from tiny spaces between teeth that are usually unreachable by brushing. These areas are where plaque often collects.

3.) About Dry Mouth

Do you know that saliva is effective in battling tooth decay as well as gum disease? When there is not enough saliva in the mouth, oral health problems start to occur. Persistently dry mouth can be a sign of the side effects of some medicines, or even specific oral disease. There are many products available for stimulation of saliva production. Ask your Fort Lauderdale dentist for more information.

4.) About Mouthwash

If you’re going to use a mouthwash, make sure you opt for alcohol-free. Alcohol is a known irritant that can dry your mouth. This can cause bad effect on the saliva inside the mouth, and will make the teeth more prone to bacterial attack.

Mouthwash though has the benefit of reaching areas that brushing cannot, much like flossing. So you can rinse two times per day – once in the evening before going to sleep and once first thing in the early morning when you wake up.

5.) About Fresh Breath

The still most common cause for bad breath is poor oral and dental care. When naturally-occurring bacteria in your mouth breaks down food particles and plaque, they release volatile sulphur compounds that give your mouth the foul odour. By keeping food debris and plaque in check, the bacteria reproduces less because it has much less to feed on.

6.) About Cleaning Your Tongue

Another reason for bad breath is the bacteria build up on the tongue, most of which accumulates in the back portion. This may be harder to reach with the toothbrush, so use a tongue scraper every single morning because it removes tongue plaque which freshens your breath.

7.) About Regularly Replacing Your Toothbrush

Good dental care and hygiene also involves replacing the toothbrush every 2 to 3 months. If you don’t, your brush can collect bacteria from its bristles and transfer it back to your mouth. The bristles get softer because of wear and tear, making it ineffective. If you’re one who uses an electric toothbrush, the very same rule should be followed.

If your toothbrush starts to wear out before 2 months,  you may be brushing too hard. Remember to choose toothbrushes with soft bristles because hard bristles could damage your gums and the soft tissues inside your mouth.

For the proper way to brush and other dental care concerns, consult your Fort Lauderdale dentist.

Dr. Max Zaslavsky DMD
6451 N. Federal Highway, Ste. 129
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

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