If you are serious about your dental health then you will probably know the basics of keeping your teeth healthy. However, if you want to take your dental hygiene to the next level, we have put together a list of eight useful tips and dental secrets that could change your life:
1. Find flossing difficult? Try disposables, interdental brushes, or holders.
Cleaning between your teeth is important for good dental health, but if you find it difficult to use regular floss there are other options. You can try disposable flossers, interdental brushes, or even a floss holder to make it easier.
2. Building trust with a dentist is extremely important.
You need to be able to trust your dentist and the decisions they make. There are too many dentists that will accommodate you for cleaning, but ultimately sell you on cosmetic services as you leave. To avoid getting swindled, find a dentist that you can trust and do not feel uncomfortable around.
3. No pain does not mean no problems.
Just because you are not experiencing pain in your teeth it does not mean that they are fine. Regular checkups can help you identify issues before they become a problem.
4. You probably do not see your dentist enough.
It is recommended to see your dentist at least twice a year. We consider this the bare minimum and only if you have healthy gums. Most people do not see their dentist as often. If your gums are not healthy, you should be going to a dentist far more often for cleaning and an examination.
5. It is not just sugar you need to be afraid of.
We know that soda is bad for our teeth, but it is not just sugar that we need to be afraid of. Acids in certain juices and soda can also cause a lot of damage to our teeth, so it is best to avoid them if possible.
6. Braces are not just for children.
Braces are essential for straightening your teeth, but they are not just for children or teenagers. In fact, you could get clear braces as an adult to straighten out your teeth without the need for unsightly metal objects in your mouth. This is a great way to straighten your teeth later in life and helps maintain a beautiful smile.
7. Bad breath can be caused by your diet.
Bad breath is not just a matter of unhealthy teeth and gums. You could have perfectly fine teeth, but might find yourself with bad breath. This is because your diet can actually cause bad breath and is something you should speak to your dentist about.
8. You need to brush your whole mouth, not just your teeth.
We usually refer to brushing as “brushing our teeth”, but it is important to brush the entire mouth as well. A lot of people know to brush their gums as well, but we can often get lazy and will forget to brush the back teeth or even clean our tongue. Remember that bacteria can be almost anywhere on your mouth.