Your teeth are very important. With my husband in dental school, I am constantly hearing about the importance of dental hygiene – I am also constantly having to open my mouth so he can compare his notes to an actual human mouth. Since his second year of dental school is coming to an end very soon, I thought I would share with you 5 Tips for Your Teeth – and don’t worry these tips come straight from Roger.
1. Effectively Cleaning Your Teeth
Honestly, when I brush my teeth I have a hard time actually focusing on brushing my teeth, I usually have to be doing something else while I’m brushing my teeth. This usually leads me to brushing my teeth in a back and forth or scrub brush motion, which unfortunately is not the correct way to brush your teeth.
The best way to clean your teeth is by making gentle circles with the bristles slightly tilted towards the gums. Also, it is important to not rush while brushing your teeth, but to give yourself a good 2-3 minutes of brushing time – timing yourself can help.
2. Flossing like a Pro
When you’re in a hurry it’s easy to just pump the floss up and down in a quick, and usually, not so gentle motion. However, this is not only ineffective but also can be harmful to your gums, or gingiva like my husband likes to call them.
A more effective way to floss is by putting the floss between the teeth and sliding the floss around the curve of the tooth so that it hugs to the tooth while gently pull the floss up towards the biting surface of the tooth.
3. Timing Your Brushing Experience
After meals is a good time to brush, but not immediately after drinking something acidic like most sodas or an acidic juice (like orange juice). The acidity of these drinks combined with brushing will slowly ware off your tooth enamel (the outside hard layer of your tooth). A better alternative is to rinse out your mouth or drink some water before brushing and anytime after you drink soda or juice. A side tip is to try to limit the amount of sugary drinks you have, and when you do drink them use a straw instead of swishing them around your mouth. This limits the time the acidic sugary liquid is demineralizing your teeth.
Also brushing your teeth 2-3 times a day is plenty to keep up your dental hygiene.
4. Surprise! What You Eat Effects Your Teeth
Sticky candies like gummies can easily become trapped between your teeth or in little grooves on the chewing surfaces, and although that sugary goodness is sweet in the moment it can have a negative effect later, especially on your teeth and giving you many cavities.
Coffee, soda, and smoking are also bad for your dental hygiene. Specifically smoking, which can even lead to bone loss around your teeth, and in some cases cause people to loose their teeth. When it comes to your teeth saliva is your friend, smoking and some medications can cause your mouth to become dry and this also leads to many cavities. So keep those teeth moist!
5. Prevention is the Best Dentistry
It less expensive in the long run to get cleanings and dental check ups every 6 months, then it does to have big costly surgeries or procedures later to fix what has been messed up. These surgeries are meant to try and bring you back to what your teeth originally were like, so better to keep your teeth healthy now, than have costly and sometimes painful surgeries later.
Remember, one of the first things people notice about you is your smile, so make sure yours stays bright and beautiful!
This is one of Roger’s first attempts at making complete dentures for a “model” patient.