Have you ever thought about just how many different tooth care products there are to choose from at your grocery store or pharmacy? We actually haven’t but we’re willing to bet that there are at least a hundred (at least it seems that way) different choices. You’d think that with all of the different choices and options for tooth care technology available, things would be different. Still, however, there are millions of people in the United States who have chronic and terrible dental issues. Truly, it is a booming business for the dental care industry. Honestly, we think that learning about proper dental care and tooth care is not that hard to do and it is even easier to put into practice the things that you have learned. At the end of it all, though, its your smile and your teeth.
It is also a known fact that proper care of your teeth does contribute to a healthy gums so let us spend a little time on how you can take care of your teeth.
There will always be plaque that forms on your teeth just because of the simple bacteria in your mouth. Bacteria accumulates and multiplies from the food particles in your mouth. It is hard because plaque is invisible to the naked eye. That is the reason dentists push so hard about brushing twice a day as well as flossing. This is so as much plaque as possible can be removed.. Brushing twice a day and not much more than that is usually recommended. Enamel (protective dentin) which protects the teeth can be sometimes be worn away by too much brushing. Toothpastes that are extra abrasive also need to be used with care. For teeth and gums to stay healthy, removing the plaque and food debris is important. We don’t want you to end up in the dentist chair for hours because of ineffective brushing habits, so pay attention to brushing your teeth properly. You definitely want to make sure you get into all the crooks, crannies and crevices around your teeth. Be proactive by paying attention to how you can use those brush bristles to get rid of the debris and plaque.
One of the primary reasons to floss each day is to get the food particles out from between your teeth and out from under your gum line. No matter how hard you try, brushing won’t do this for you. In terms of which floss is the best, that really depends on which floss works best for you. Dental studies have proven that in terms of individual brands, there is no real significant advantage of one brand over another. One thing that you do need to watch, though, is the amount of space you’ve got between your teeth. Waxed floss is going to be bigger and that means that if there isn’t a lot of space between your teeth that could be a problem. This is a situation that calls for unwaxed floss.
If you are a young adult, such as a teen, then we strongly urge you to avoid OTC, over the counter, teeth whiteners. You never know what you are going to get with an OTC brand, and most of it is too strong for young adults. Even when they are perfectly clean and healthy, it is normal for teeth to have a slightly off-white color. While teeth may appear to be totally white from a short distance, once you look at them close-up you will notice they aren’t “perfectly white”. The concept of “perfectly white” teeth is one that is being pushed on us by modern marketing. It is recommended if you want whiter teeth to visit a dentist for a professional evaluation and to ask about their whitening program. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy is a relatively simple thing to do. If soft drinks or sweets are a part of your diet, there are measures that can be taken to decrease their harmful effects.