As a child, I didn’t think much about good dental hygiene. Whenever I visited the dentist, I figured they’d fix whatever mess I made. Don’t wait. It might be too late – there is such a thing as a total loss when it comes to teeth.
Unfortunately, as an adult, I wish I would’ve made better choices and practiced good dental hygiene. Sometimes you learn, and other times, you learn really late. However, I wanted to share some thoughts with you, because it’s almost never too late to start taking better care of your mouth. *
The Rule of 2.
Simply, the rule of 2 is this: floss and brush twice a day for 2 minutes each time, and visit the dentist twice a year. When you wake up to start your day, floss and brush your teeth for 2 minutes. Before you go to bed, floss and brush again for 2 minutes. Ideally, you’ll have a good dentist who will let you know what other kind of care your teeth need, so keep in touch.
Floss. Really floss.
Though it feels like such a chore, you need to get in there and get the buildup of food out of your mouth. Why? For your overall health’s sake, you want to get food out of your gums, because it can enter your gums, pass through your blood stream, and cause infections. If you don’t floss, you’ll have bad breath, and you’re compromising your immune system. Good dental hygiene is essential to overall health.
Brush in circles.
When you visit the dentist, have them show you proper brushing techniques. If you’re not brushing in gentle, circular motions over and around your teeth and gums, you aren’t cleaning your teeth well. Be gentle, because gums are soft tissue, and you don’t want to create tears that can harbor bad bacteria and make you sick.
Gargle and rinse.
For an extra cleanse, use a mouth wash with no alcohol as it’s more gentle and less painful. Personally, I like to DIY my mouth wash with a half and half mix of water and hydrogen peroxide. Swish around for a minute and spit it out, then rinse out with water. This will also help with whitening your teeth a bit. Rinse well. Do not swallow hydrogen peroxide.
Maintain and monitor.
If you start feeling sensitivity in your teeth, you’ll want to talk to your dentist about the issues. Ideally, you shouldn’t be feeling sensitive to hot or cold temperatures. Also, if you feel a sting when you inhale with your mouth open and teeth touching, you’ll want to bring that up at your next appointment. Normally, sensitivities indicate cavities or infections, so you’ll want to take precautions.
Hopefully, you haven’t waited as long as I have to start taking better care of your teeth. With just a few minutes of dedication a day, you’re on your way to protecting yourself from serious illness like periodontal disease (image search that term if you dare), and you’ll get to keep your teeth longer. Let me know what you think.
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*I am not a medical professional, and the statements in this post should not be taken as medical advice.
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