Many a time, you look at someone and can’t help but wonder what makes them look so beautiful? After a few minutes of intense brainstorming, you come to the conclusion that it is their perfectly flossed, clean white teeth that lights up the room every time they smile. Then follows the next question, 'What are they doing their teeth that you aren’t? Well, we have the answer for you and it’s not as complicated as you think.
The answer to your question is- a good oral care routine. A good oral care routine is not just about brushing your teeth but taking good care of your teeth, gums and going a little out of the way to ensure that everything is in order inside your mouth.
What is the right oral care routine you ask? Read on to find out:
Choose the right toothbrush: You tend to pick up any random toothbrush that has your favorite colors and that is exactly where you make the first mistake. Toothbrushes come in various shapes and sizes and it is your job to choose a toothbrush that is the most comfortable and best fits your mouth.
Tip #1: A good way to find out if a brush fits your mouth is by checking if you can reach up to the last molar without difficulty.
Tip #2: It is ideal to use an electric toothbrush as the head movement offers the correct movements while brushing and they are more gentle on your teeth.
Keep your toothbrush clean: Ensure that wash your toothbrush properly before and after you use it for brushing. Trying to clean your mouth with a dirty toothbrush is quite a stupid thing to do and being half asleep does not count as a valid reason for not washing your toothbrush.
Brush your teeth with the proper technique: Hold your brush at a 45-degree angle from your gums and brush for 2 minutes spending an equal amount of time i.e. 30 seconds in every quadrant of your mouth. Move your toothbrush back and forth without applying much pressure and clean the chewing surface of the molars by moving the brush in a clockwise and anti-clockwise direction inside the mouth.
Tip #3: Don’t forget to brush the inside of your teeth as those areas are also prone to decay.
Brush at least two times a day: Ideally, it is recommended that you brush once in the morning before your first meal and once at night, after your last meal. Ensure that there is a 1-hour gap between your last meal and your brushing session as the enamel on your teeth becomes temporarily soft while having a meal and thus, you can accidentally erode your enamel while brushing.
Tip #4: If at any point during the day you feel the need to brush, do it.
Choose the right toothpaste: With the variety of toothpaste available in the market, every toothpaste serves a particular purpose. Choose a toothpaste that best suits your dental needs.
Clean your tongue properly: The bacteria that forms on your tongue is responsible for ‘bad breath’. Ensure that you clean your tongue properly using a tongue cleaner or tongue scraper.
Tip #5: Move your brush in circular motions on your tongue in order to remove the bacteria from your tongue.
Rinse your mouth after brushing: End your brushing session by rinsing your mouth thoroughly with water or mouthwash. Move it around your mouth for 20-30 seconds and spit it out.
Visit your dentist at regular intervals: It is recommended that you visit a dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. If any problems or irregularities are present, the dentist will help you eliminate them before they get worse and start taking a toll on your gums and teeth.
Tip #6: Once in a while, examine your mouth by yourself for any kind of irregularities and if you find any irregularities, immediately visit your dentist.
Replace your toothbrush at regular intervals: Replace your toothbrush as soon as you see that the bristles are wearing out. Using a damaged toothbrush can severely harm your mouth and therefore, it is ideal to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months.
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