Although brushing the teeth is considered to be something simple and common, it can also improve our health and add years to our lives, if we do it the right way.
1) Choose Your Water Wisely
It is important to know what precautions to take when brushing your teeth and how to do so correctly. Firstly, it is vital to choose the right water. It is best to avoid (if possible) using tap water and use spring water or filtered water instead. Why? Fluoride, chlorine, and other substances are found in tap water.
2) Get The Right Toothpaste
Experts recommend using natural toothpaste, which is unfortunately not always found in typical supermarkets. The most important thing is that we use toothpaste, which does not contain fluoride. Toothpaste sweetened with xylitol or stevia is considered to be safe. However, most commercial toothpaste contains sugar. If you are currently taking homeopathic remedies, make sure that you look for a toothpaste that does not contain mint, as mint is a plant that will negatively impact the effects of your homeopathy treatment and cancel them out altogether.
3) Use Interdental Brushes
Interdental brushes serve as an alternative to flossing; they can be used daily and can be more effective for interproximal plaque removal than floss as suggested by a number of studies. Dentists also highlight that floss can cut into gums and damage them, while the interdental brush doesn’t do that. We encourage people to include them in their daily routines. Interdental brushes can loosen the particles which are sometimes missed during normal brushing. The removal of plaque means the prevention of tartar buildup. Plaque is easy to brush away; however, if tartar forms it can only be removed by a dentist.
Make sure that you work on integrating this healthy habit into your life.
4) Regular Brushing Is The Key
Experts recommend we brush our teeth for two minutes twice a day as it will keep our teeth in the best shape. When brushing your teeth, you should also clean your tongue with a soft-bristled toothbrush to ensure that the bacteria and food are removed from the mouth. Brushing will also wash out particles that would otherwise cause cavities.
The mouth is warm and wet, which means that it is the best environment for bacteria. Apart from bacteria, the mouth is also filled with food particles, which can lead to plaque formation. Once plaque builds up, it hardens and forms tartar on the teeth. Tartar can cause bad breath and lead to gum disease. Brushing the teeth in the morning is an excellent way of fighting plaque that has built up overnight and eliminating morning breath.
5) Don’t Overbrush Your Teeth
Although regular brushing and cleaning are essential, it is just as important to not overbrush, as this can lead to the wearing down of the enamel layer, which is responsible for protecting the teeth. When there is no enamel, the layer of dentin is exposed. Dentin contains tiny holes in it, which lead to nerve endings. Once the nerve endings are triggered, all types of pain can be felt, and the tooth sensitivity increases.
6) Don’t Brush Your Teeth Too Hard
There is also a possibility of brushing the teeth too hard, which should be avoided. Teeth should be brushed as if you were polishing an eggshell. A good indicator that you might be brushing your teeth with too much pressure is a toothbrush that looks like someone sat on it.
Enamel has the power of protecting the teeth from just about anything that goes inside the mouth. In young adults, the enamel is softer, and it tends to get stronger as we age. This is why teens and children are at an increased risk of suffering from cavities and erosion.
7) Avoid Drinking Soft Drinks
Health-conscious people will know that drinking soft drinks should be avoided. However, many don’t realize that soft drinks negatively impact your teeth as well as your body. Soft drinks, including diet soda, contain acid which attacks the teeth and eats away the enamel. Once the surface of the enamel is worn out, it creates cavities, leaves stains, and can erode the teeth’ inner structure. If you want to take good care of your teeth, start by limiting how many soft drinks you have every day. We recommend eliminating soft drinks from your diet entirely.
8) Think About What You Eat and When You Eat
What you eat also plays a big role when it comes to the health of your teeth. It isn’t only necessary to pay attention to how much sugar you eat, but also when and how you eat it. Cough drops, hard candies, and breath mints with sugar are considered to be especially harmful because it takes time for such foods to dissolve in the mouth. Therefore, most experts suggest that you always make a three-hour break between eating foods that contain sugar. If you eat foods that contain sugar together with a meal, it is less harmful as when eaten alone, because it is believed that the production of saliva can wash away the bacteria and sugar. If you eat sugary foods before going to bed and don’t brush your teeth afterward, it is believed to be extremely harmful, as you don’t produce as much saliva when sleeping.
Although cutting out sweets is hard for most people, some guidelines are considered to be easier to follow. For example, sugars and starches should always be eaten with a meal. If you’re not able to brush your teeth after eating, make sure to rinse your mouth with mouthwash and water or chew sugarless gum. Do your best not to eat any sugary foods between meals. Also, try to eat nonsugary snacks.
9) Go to the Dentist Regularly
Experts agree that visiting the dentist every six months should be part of our routine because the treatment they provide helps prevent gum disease, tooth decay, and other disorders. During the first consultation, your dentist will ask you about your dental history and your medical history. They will perform a full dental examination. They will analyze your teeth, gums, and check for other mouth issues. The joints of your jaws might be examined as well. They will evaluate whether there is any sign of looseness or decay. Your gums should be firm and pink, rather than swollen or inflamed.
After examining the visible parts of your teeth and mouth, you might need to get an X-ray, which can reveal any impacted wisdom teeth, tooth decay, or abscesses.
10) Get Your Teeth Professionally Cleaned
Professional cleaning can be performed by a licensed dental professional, a dental hygienist, or a specially trained professional. During a professional cleaning, hard deposits are removed using an ultrasonic machine or a scaler. Particles are then rinsed off with water. After cleaning your teeth, the dental hygienist will polish the teeth. It is a process that smoothes and cleans the teeth’ surface, which helps to remove stains and makes it also more difficult for plaque to stick to the teeth. In the end, the hygienist might treat the teeth with a sealant, which helps prevent decay.
Dental Health and the Budwig Center
We strongly urge all our patients to follow the advice above regarding dental health care. Suppose you decide to enroll in one of our programs. In that case, we will send you to a local biological dentist that we work with to perform a full analysis of your teeth and identify areas that impact your overall health.
As discussed in this article, taking the necessary precautions when brushing your teeth and using Interdental brushes every day is very important. It is also crucial that you visit your dentist regularly and speak to your dentist about any further actions that you might need to take, depending on your case.
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