Brushing, rinsing and flossing are the most important and basic of oral health, but they are only the beginning. Taking good care of your teeth and mouth throughout your entire life can help prevent many problems as you age. Here are some ways to ensure your mouth stays healthy:

Pay a Visit To Your Dentist

If you are prone to ditching your dentist, you are among the approximately 50 per cent of adults in the United Kingdom who do not visit their dentist every year because of plain neglect, finances or dental phobia. If you spend some quality time (twice a year) with your dentist, you will catch problems like cancer, trauma, gum disease and decay at an early stage when they are treatable and more inexpensive to take care of. If you have tooth or mouth pain, don’t ignore it, see your dentist. Isca Dental can help by giving you a thorough routine check-up every 6 months.  The longer you decide to wait, the worse it can get for your mouth.

Ditch Those Fizzy Drinks

Fizzy is always fun, but it is also one of the reasons fizzy drinks are not good for your teeth. The two ingredients found in these drinks (citric acid and phosphoric acid) give it its bite, but they also eat away at your tooth’s surface. Although the occasional fizzy drink will not hurt, taking a can or more every day softens your tooth enamel and makes it more susceptible to cavities. Instead, you should switch to water, adding flavour with mint leaves, crushed berries or sliced citrus.

Pro Brushing

Always brush your teeth twice a day, in the morning when you wake up and evening. Plaque takes twelve hours to deposit on the surface of your teeth and transform into bacteria. This bacteria can harden into tartar or attack your enamel. When brushing your teeth, try holding your toothbrush pointing towards your gum line using circular motions.

Go Electric

Get an electric toothbrush, then use it for two minutes. The toothbrush has been proven to remove more food debris and plaque than the manual one. Use the toothbrush at a low speed to make sure it does not damage your gums. Always remember to change your toothbrush head after every three months.

Count the Years

Older adults and toddlers also need mouth maintenance like everyone else. Children should visit a dentist when they have reached one year, and until they’re coordinated enough to tie their shoes, they will need your help cleaning their teeth to keep them healthy.

The first set of human teeth is already nearly completely formed at birth. They hide under the gums at first. They are important because when they come out, they let your child talk well and chew food. Also, your child’s first set of teeth holds the space where their permanent teeth will eventually be. These teeth help your child’s permanent teeth grow in straight.

Make sure you clean your child’s new teeth on a daily basis. When these teeth first come in, you should use a clean wet washcloth to rub them gently. Use a child’s brush when the teeth get bigger. Kids under two years of age should not use toothpaste. You should instead use water to brush their teeth.

Older adults have their own oral problems. Arthritis can make flossing and brushing challenging, and as you grow older, the amount of saliva you produce reduces, leading to more tooth decay plus discomfort for people who wear dentures.

Avoid Sugar Coating It

Sugar is known to be a major culprit when it comes to tooth decay. Sugar fuels acidity and bacteria in your mouth, which causes plaque to form, eating away at your gums and enamel. For every sugar that you consume, your teeth are exposed to a maximum of twenty minutes of acid production. This includes ice cream and sweetened coffee. To avoid tooth decay, reduce sugary treats, and always floss and brush after every snack or meal.

Improve Your Technique

Reduce the amount of toothpaste you put on your toothbrush. It has been proven that dry cleaning is more effective compared to using lots of toothpaste. The reason is that the mechanical effective movement of getting rid of plaque is greatly reduced when you feel your mouth with a toothpaste.

Flaws in Your Flossing

Use inter-proximal brushes or floss in between your teeth at least once per day as the bacteria or food is first deposited in between your teeth and likely to develop gum inflammation or inter-proximal decays. Always wrap the floss around the index fingers, make sure you use a new part of the floss for every floss and tooth and floss against your tooth to avoid damaging your gums.

Stop Smoking

Smoking stains your teeth, decreases the blood supply to your gums and aggravates or causes gum disease. Also, it can lead to oral cancer.

Do Not Forget Your Tongue

Always clean your tongue. Many bacteria colonise the surface your tongue and give bad breath. You can use your spoon upside down or buy special tongue cleaners.

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