Basic dental care is a simple task.
However, a surprising number of people either ignore or underestimate the importance of good oral hygiene.
According to a recent report by Colgate, almost half of adults say they sometimes skip brushing their teeth before going to bed.
As well as gaps in their dental care routine, many adults also lack theoretical knowledge of dental health. The report revealed that 53% were in the dark about what caused tooth decay, while almost three in five admitted they had no idea that cavities are preventable. Read more about how Britons can improve Oral Health.
Here are five key tips for how to take care of your teeth:
- Never skip brushing. Even if you are tired in the evening, it is a big mistake to leave brushing for the morning. It means that bacteria in your mouth has 24 hours in which to enter below your gum line and start to cause tooth decay and inflammation.
- Clean gently. Rather than removing bacteria, vigorous brushing may cause more harm by damaging your tooth enamel and hurting your gums. Use gentle circular movements while brushing.
- Floss. This is the best prevention of gum disease, which is the condition that ultimately causes most cases of tooth loss.
- Don’t clean after meals. Dentists advise to be patient and wait at least 30 minutes after meals before brushing, especially if you have eaten sugary or acidic foods. Let saliva do its work and clean the bacteria naturally before helping it further with the brush.
- Be aware of what you drink. Remember that sugary drinks are very harmful to your tooth enamel. But since being well-hydrated is crucial, opt for water to clean your oral cavity and maintain your dental and oral health.
According to a new survey from the British Dental Health Foundation, as many as seven million people in the UK regularly forget to brush their teeth and around one in five Britons fail to floss.
The poll was part of the National Smile Month campaign run by the British Dental Health Foundation, which was established in 1976 and aims to educate British consumers on the benefits of taking good care of their oral and dental health.
Most people are well aware that having healthy teeth is of great importance to one’s overall health.
Eat these foods for optimal health: Calcium – this keeps the enamel healthy.
Whole milk and dairy products are the key sources of calcium, but so are spinach, kale, collard, salmon and soybeans.
It should be noted that calcium is better absorbed in the presence of vitamin D, so people should also include fatty fish, mushrooms and eggs in their diet.
Many people use mouthwash after flossing their teeth, in addition to the standard twice-daily brushing.
Yet a lot of people believe that the sole benefit of mouthwash is to fight bad breath.
You may be surprised to learn that alongside its refreshing properties, mouthwash helps you maintain impeccable oral hygiene.
This reduces the risk of many widespread dental issues, extending the health of your teeth and gums for a lifetime.
Medically reviewed & updated on July 22, 2021