Brushing and Flossing
Can we do anything to help get rid of the bacteria? Of course! We are familiar with the importance of brushing our teeth. It is recommended that we brush twice a day but learning how to brush them is important too. We should brush them for two minutes. Less time brushing may mean that we didn’t remove all of the plaque. And don’t forget that one of the crucial times to brush is just before going to bed. Saliva production decreases when we sleep and helps protect our teeth. We want to brush and make sure no plaque or acid is damaging our teeth.
Flossing is another great habit of removing the plaque between places the brush cannot reach. Adding this to your daily routine can help keep both gums and teeth healthy. If flossing does not work too well, try one of the small brushes that can clean between teeth. Getting the food from in between them can help us keep our mouths healthy.
Rinsing and Healthy Foods
Rinsing with mouthwash is a great way to help get rid of the bacteria and reduce the plaque. Some people may have a higher incidence of plaque, and swishing these rinses around the teeth and gums can help reduce plaque. Over-the-counter mouthwashes can help, but sometimes the dentist might prescribe a high potency mouth rinse to help prevent tooth decay.
Research has shown that those who use fluoride toothpaste and mouthwashes have a lower incidence of cavities. By keeping these products on hand can also help maintain the health of teeth and gums.
One other way to take great care of your gums and teeth is to avoid snacking, and we should consume healthy foods such as carrot sticks or an apple. Processed snack foods that stick to your teeth and sugary drinks can increase the bacteria count and create an abundance of acid within 20 minutes of eating. So, if snacking is important, plan to eat wholesome foods such as vegetables, fruits, and nuts.
And one more thing, don’t forget to visit the dentist regularly to help keep your teeth healthy. If you would like more information, visit the American Dental Association online.
When I was a youngster, I remember being told, “Teeth: if you ignore them, they will go away.” Remember to brush, rinse and floss them regularly to keep teeth with you always!
Pamela Williams writes from Southern California.© 2002 - 2023, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.