Most people are well aware of the importance of brushing and flossing every day and visiting the dentist every six months. However, if you really want to keep your teeth strong and healthy, there is still more to do. For some great advice on dental care, the following article is a good place to start.
You should brush and clean your teeth thoroughly after every meal you have. Do not hesitate to carry a small toothbrush and some floss with you so you can clean your teeth no matter where you are. If you do not clean your teeth after a meal, make up for it by spending more time cleaning your teeth later.
Eat as many citrus fruits as possible to keep your teeth healthy. Vitamin C helps your teeth stay strong, so you are less likely to have tooth decay if you eat plenty of oranges, lemons limes and other citrus fruits each day. However, sucking oranges or lemons can put your teeth in contact with acid that contributes to decay.
If you run out of toothpaste, baking soda and water can be an effective substitute. Simply mix in some water with a small amount of baking soda and use it just as you would toothpaste. An added benefit to using baking soda is that, along with neutralizing mouth odors, its abrasive nature can help with stain removal.
Always use a soft-bristled brush. The hard bristles can make your teeth more susceptible to staining and damage your gums. The structure of your teeth can also become worn down. So, you are much better off using a medium or soft bristled toothbrush.
Don’t assume that just because oranges and orange juice are touted as healthy for your body that they are healthy for your mouth. The acidic nature of this and related foods start wearing down on your enamel immediately. You can have them, but brush immediately after consuming anything involving heavy concentrations of oranges.
If you suffer from bad breath, there may be an underlying medical condition. To ensure that your bad breath is not from an underlying medical condition visit your dentist and primary care physician. If after finding you have no underlying medical conditions you still have bad breath, consider using a mouthwash after brushing and using breath mints or chewing gum in between brushing your teeth.
You only get one set of permanent teeth in your life, so you need to take good care of them. If you fail to do so, you can be in for many years of expensive and painful dental work. Avoid this necessity by using these dental care tips on a daily basis.