Oral hygiene is one of the most important parts of our daily routine, but it’s often overlooked. It’s quite sad that more than 50% people still don’t brush their teeth properly and most adults don’t even floss. Is it so hard to keep a perfect oral hygiene and your dentist happy? We only have 1 set of permanent teeth, we should keep them healthy and white for as long as it’s possible.
Here is our list of 3 important tips that you should take into consideration for a long lasting bright smile without cavities and plaque.
1 – Floss every day
Ordinary floss is a dental string which cleans plaque and food leftovers on those tiny spaces between teeth. It doesn’t matter what type of toothbrush you use and how great are your brushing habits, toothbrushes simply can’t reach all the places between teeth and along the gum line, but flossers can. Has your dentist ever asked you if you floss? I hope you told him the truth because dentists know exactly if you floss or not.
Recent studies have shown that more than 50% of American adults don’t floss every day. Considering that plaque between teeth causes more harm than plaque on the tooth surface, absence of flossing is just as bad as absence of regular tooth brushing. No one likes flossing, so consider buying a water flosser. They are more efficient, much more fun to use and some of them like Sonicare Airfloss can clean up whole mouth in just 30 seconds.
2 – Get an electric toothbrush
As said earlier, researches have shown that more than 50% people don’t brush their teeth properly. First electric toothbrushes were designed more than 50 years ago especially for people with bad brushing technique and those who lack motoring skills. Nowadays they are recommended by every dentist in this world simply because they are more efficient and fun to use than manual ones. Here some of the most notable advantages of electric toothbrushes:
- Perfect brushing technique – Most electric toothbrushes have in-built timers and pressure sensors. They ensure that you reach those 2 minutes of brushing time that is recommended by dentist and they keep you from brushing too aggressively. Fact is that aggressive brushing wears away enamel on long term, so you should never brush too hard.
- Kids love them – There are some powered toothbrushes designed especially for toddlers. We all know how kids love everything that’s related to electronics and why should toothbrushes be an exception? They also help kids to overcome their fear of the dentist because they sound simmilar than instruments in dental office.
- Customized brushing experience – Most of them have about 5 different cleaning modes, so everyone can find the right one for any occasion. Most popular ones are whitening, tongue cleaning and deep cleaning.
- Whiter teeth and healthier gums – Brands like Philips and Braun guarantee that after just 2 weeks of use, users will have a whiter smile and healthier gums.
Powered toothbrushes are perfect for everyone, including kids (from age 4) and older ones. Their efficiency is undeniable and list of their benefits could go on for ever.
3 – Visit your dentist regularly
You might have the best dental care habits in the world, but only your dentist can successfully treat your cavities. American Dental Association recommends you to visit your dentist at least twice per year, so stop the excuses!
We all know those visits are not comfortable, but we only have one set of permanent teeth and we should keep them healthy for as long as possible.