Staying healthy in these times is tough. All manner of people and companies are constantly trying to sell you stuff on the cheap, the stuff that’s bad for you and everyone knows it. That’s why it pays to stay aware at all times. You have to watch those advertisements lest you’re tricked, especially when it comes to your health. Dental health, especially. In the following list, you’ll get a couple advanced tips for proper dental hygiene. Some you may know. Others might be surprising. Taking care of your mouth might seem trivial but every aspect of bodily health is important. By taking care of your mouth, you’re taking care of part that is wholly and absolutely you, just as every part of you is. Physical, mental and otherwise. Don’t let the tooth decay win. Follow along and keep in mind- health is the most important thing of all.
This might seem a little basic, for kids and for adults but basics are the best place to begin. The act of brushing frees the teeth up from harmful plaque that grows naturally on the teeth from the food we eat. Sugary foods, especially candy, creates a lot of plaque that can be hard to get rid of. So best to listen to that dentist and stay away! Most of the time, anyway. Now, the point of brushing is to reduce the amount of plaque on the teeth. That’s what the toothpaste is for. It cuts into the plaque, scraping it away and keeping the teeth safe. That’s why you need just enough but not too much. And why you should brush twice a day. The recommended time to brush is around 3 minutes or however long it takes to sing the happy birthday song. Twice, if you want to be extra safe. Start near the back of the mouth with the molars and the hard-to-reach back teeth. Focus on the spaces between these until it feels fresh then move to the ones a little closer. These you’ll want to hit with a more circular motion which might be hard to hit at the back. After circling these middle teeth for thirty seconds, move to the incisors. These are easier to reach but no less important. After getting the sides of these sharper teeth, get the front and bottom middle teeth. For added cleanliness, repeat the routine once more. That should be enough to stave off tooth decay for a good, long time. Of course, you’ll want to do this twice a day for best results! Dentists recommend at least that much.
A dentist for children or any dentist for adults will tell that the best way to stave off tooth decay besides brushing is to floss. This process is a little more complicated but not much. The secret is that a lot of people do it but not a lot of people do it the right way. The method is the same as brushing your teeth but be sure to get right up to the gumline so to get any and all bits of food. If if hurts a little bit that’s alright but don’t go overboard! Flossing is meant to get the hard to reach places between the teeth, the places a brush can’t reach. This eliminates any place that plaque could possibly form and cause tooth decay. To make it easier, there are floss-picks now that save the time from all the pesky rolling from more traditional floss containers. It’s easier than ever to keep up on flossing and you shouldn’t miss out on a chance to do so!
There are more than physical benefits to both brushing and flossing as well. Keeping your teeth healthy can boost your confidence and enhance your overall sense of positivity. It can help you become a more socially healthy person by way of emotional well-being. It might seem little, sure, but it’s a small step to the road of balance- a balance between internal health and external health. In that balance, everything counts.