And, if you do these things, your teeth, oral health and overall health will surely improve.
First – if you smoke, stop. Need another person in your life to explain why you need to quit smoking? Talk to your dentist. The nicotine and tar in cigarettes are not only turning your teeth an unsightly shade of yellow, but they’re eating away at your gums. Smoking creates a ripe environment for bacteria and plaque on your teeth and along the gum lines. And that harms tissue and eventually increases your risk of tooth loss. Tobacco chemicals can also cause mouth sores that could turn into cancer (by the way, it’s not a bad idea to get regular oral cancer screenings).
Secondly, see your dentist regularly. It is there that any problems you might experience can be caught early and treated effectively.
Third, take a moment to learn to brush properly. It takes only about two minutes to properly clean your teeth and gums. Angle the brush 45 degrees toward your gum line, and use gentle, circular strokes. Make sure the bristles on the brush aren’t bending; if they are, you’re brushing too hard and wearing down your teeth and gums. Plaque is soft and will brush away easily with light strokes.
And finally, floss. Flossing is fundamental to keeping teeth and gums clean — but only if you do it right. Snapping and popping your way through the process probably does more harm than good, causing friction on tissue and damage at the gum line. Instead, use about two inches of floss between your fingers, unroll a fresh section of floss for each tooth, and keep the floss tight against your tooth to break up plaque while leaving your gums in good shape.
Do those four things and not only will your dentist be happy, you will too. You’ll enjoy a much healthier mouth and life.