You might have grown up with a soft-bristled toothbrush. As a result, you might think that it is an adequate tool for fighting plaque and tartar in your mouth. However, the battery-powered brushes that agitate against your teeth today are a much more powerful tool against the buildup that can develop.
Believe it or not, saliva is actually your teeth’s best friend! Natural saliva contains minerals, enamel-strengthening antibacterial properties and the power to neutralize acid. If you are a woman over the age of 50, menopause may be causing dry mouth, which, then leads to bad breath. Specially formulated dry mouth products can help to eliminate embarrassing odors caused by a lack of saliva.
Eat fresh fruit rather than dried fruit to protect your teeth’s health. Dried fruit sticks to your teeth, exposing them to more sugar and leading to more cavities. If you must eat dried fruit, make sure to brush, floss and rinse as soon as possible after eating so that you reduce the risk of cavities.
Make sure the tools you are using to clean your teeth are appropriate for your needs. Find a soft-bristled brush that feels good in your mouth (not too large or too small). Pick out a fluoride toothpaste that you are comfortable with. If you don’t think, you are doing a good job brushing, think about getting an electronic brush that will do a lot of the work for you.
Check your toothbrush for how hard the bristles are. You want something that is soft or even medium grade. Hard bristles can actually wear down your enamel over time. You want something that can remove debris and clean the surfaces of your teeth, but not actually do damage to them.
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.
Cut back on your sugar consumption to prevent cavities. Sugar increases the likelihood of cavities. Fruit juices and soda are chalk full of sugar and can really damage your teeth, so you’re better off drinking water. If your teeth are important to you, you should only eat foods that have a lot of sugar on special occasions.
If your dentist prescribes antibiotics and/or tooth removal, get it done as quickly as possible. When not cared for quickly, mouth infections can travel to other areas of the body. Make sure to follow whatever your dentist tells you when taking care of a dental issue.
If you have gum disease, you should postpone any plans to undergo cosmetic dental procedures. For the best results, your teeth and gums must be healthy. Otherwise, you will be more prone to infections, or may need to repeat the procedure. Avoid any dentist who is willing to take a chance on your health by risking this.
Brush all of the surfaces of your teeth. Many people think that they only need to clean the surfaces that are visible, but bacteria likes to hide on the hidden parts of teeth. These are the areas where various dental problems can occur. When you brush, make sure to brush the outside, inside, and chewing surfaces of every tooth.
As was stated at the start of this article, it is not enough just to use the simple soft-bristled toothbrush that you used growing up. The agitation that comes from a battery-powered brush does a much more effective job at combating all of the buildup that can grow in your mouth over time. Your dentist will thank you.