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10 Ways to Take Care for Your Teeth
1. Brush your teeth twice a day
If you can spare the time and have patience, one can even brush after every meal but just do not do it aggressively. For those who are thinking brushing teeth is no rocket science, think again. Many people are not aware of proper brushing technique. Please take time to read the proper method of brushing and avoid to and fro movement and instead use circular motion and spend at least 3 minutes to brush your teeth.
Very few people floss in India. This was an alien culture in India until a few years back. Again you can read the proper method and floss at least once a day preferably at bedtime. Flossing regularly can prevent periodontal diseases or gum diseases.
3. Tongue cleaning
If you do it aggressively, you can damage at least 1000s of those taste buds but do not worry one has close to 10,000 tastebuds. Do you know different part of the tongue is responsible for different taste. Have a look at the picture to have an idea. Have you at any time drank very hot coffee and burnt your tongue or rather damaged your taste buds. It will take some days for the taste buds to heal.
If you are not too sure of your brushing ability, one can get professional cleanup done every 6 months to 1 year depending on your oral health. It is advised to visit your dentist every 6 months to identify any caries in their initial stage and save the teeth in the future. We even suggest dental visit for a 6-month-old baby or as soon as the milk teeth erupts again to prevent decay.
5.Avoid Caffeine Alcohol, etc.
Do you want white sparkling teeth, avoid drinking tea or coffee, tobacco, smoking, etc, and even some medications cause stains on teeth, and if flouride content is high in your water, you may have fluorosis. Treatment is available for this both in-office bleaching and at home bleaching.
Change your brush every 3 months or as soon as it wears off. We even suggest to change brush after one recovers from cold. Soft bristled brush is recommended. One can even use electronic brush available in the market.
Many available in the market and clinically proven to help. Use it after brushing or even after having a meal to minimize dental caries or to smell good.
One can even chew gum and if you are calorie conscious, sugarless gums are available. Chewing gum increases saliva flow which in turn aids in preventing caries to an extent.
Many people have dental fear but the fear must have begun only after a traumatic experience. Example, bad experience with an inconsiderate dentist, painful dental treatment, smell of hospital, sound of dental instruments, peer influence, etc.
Here is a short videos by Colgate on “How to Brush your Teeth Properly ”
How To Floss :
If you follow these steps, you can avoid most of the dental problems and if you regularly schedule a dental visit every 6 months, you have nothing to fear and can happily say good bye to your phobia.