Proper Oral Care At Home
While we are stuck at home, it is extremely important to keep up with proper oral care. Since there is no access to dental services during this time, staying informed on how you can take proper care of your teeth is vital to your wellbeing. Luckily, we have the tips to help you stay educated on how you can properly take care of your oral health while at home.
Brush Your Teeth
It may seem obvious, but gently brushing your teething at least twice per day with fluoride toothpaste for at least two minutes each time is essential for good oral health as you assist in removing excess food, built up plaque, and bacteria. When brushing your teeth, you may want to consider how you brush them. Are you brushing too hard so that your gums hurt? Are you brushing too fast so that you’re not reaching every part of your mouth? Make sure that you are properly brushing your teeth so that you brush each tooth and reach all around the tooth itself. If you want to be extra careful, you could try timing yourself when you brush your teeth so that you make sure you’re really brushing for two minutes each time. You can also inspect your gums after you are done brushing your teeth; if they are swollen, tender, and red, then maybe that is an indication that you are brushing your teeth too hard. Taking the extra time to ensure proper teeth brushing will improve your overall oral health.
Floss Your Teeth
Flossing your teeth may be a tedious task that you try to avoid at all costs but it is very important for the health of your teeth and gums! Although gently brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes will get rid of a majority of the excess food, built up plaque, and bacteria… it will still not get rid of anything stuck in between your teeth in the hard-to-reach places. Failure to properly floss your teeth between each tooth and along the gumline can lead to bad breath, cavities, and gum disease. Next time you try flossing your teeth, try flossing first and then finishing by brushing your teeth. You can achieve proper flossing by moving the floss upwards and downwards tightly in between each tooth until it reaches the gumline. Flossing is easy, affordable, and will drastically improve your oral health at home.
Food and Drink To Avoid
What you eat and drink during the day can play a huge part in your overall oral health. You may be excellent at keeping up with properly brushing and flossing your teeth regularly but if you are eating and drinking things that promote poor oral health, you are working against yourself. Here are a list of the everyday foods and drinks that you should try to avoid if you are wanting to improve your oral health:
Sticky candies. Anything sweet that can stick in your molars.
Starchy foods. Anything that can get trapped in between your teeth.
Citrus. Can erode your tooth enamel.
Soft Drinks. Loaded with sugar and citric acid that create tooth decay.