Do you remember your parents telling you over and over, “brush your teeth?” There was a reason for it and now that you are an adult you probably have a much better understanding of how this takes place. However, there may be some elements you have forgotten so let’s see just what factors contribute to our dental health.
There are many reasons why teeth become discolored. The majority of them can be traced back to poor dental hygiene. There is no substitute for regular personal care. For instance, did you know that you need to throw away your toothbrush at least every six weeks or so? Don’t wait until the toothbrush looks like it’s worn out, replace it automatically!
In addition, follow these tips:
Proper way to brush teeth.
You brush should be against the gums at a 45 degree angle. Strokes should be gentle in tooth wide increments. Brush each side and the top. Don’t forget to brush your tongue.
Proper toothbrush care.
If this topic appears to be another “no brainer” it really is not. Many people do not understand proper care of their toothbrush. Remember, it is an object that enters your mouth daily coming in contact with billions of bacteria not to mention certain instances of contamination by bleeding of the gums or other conditions.
First of all, never share your toothbrush! There is a huge risk of cross-contamination.
Always thoroughly rinse your toothbrush after use and store it brush side up to dry naturally. If a common storage system is used, do not allow the brushes to come in contact with one another.
There are mixed thoughts regarding the storage of toothbrushes in a disinfectant. One school of thought advocates that you can do more harm by storing the toothbrush in the same disinfection repeatedly, thereby creating another possibility of cross-contamination.
Never store your toothbrush in a closed container that can set up a favorable climate for bacteria to form.
Proper way to floss.
Use a length of floss 16 to 18 inches in length. Wrap the floss around each of your middle fingers. Slip the floss between your teeth. Form a u shape against the side of one tooth. Beginning at the gum line, use a gentle rubbing motion to remove the particles of food. Repeat with each adjacent tooth remembering to take up the slack so that you are using a clean section of floss for each tooth.