There are some really simple and important things that make up our everyday routine that do not need more than 2 -3 minutes of our 24 hours and yet some of us can’t even manage to devote that time. You must be wondering what we are grousing about. We’re talking about our dental hygiene, which entails brushing and flossing.
Why don’t we treat our own teeth with the care and love they truly deserve? We’re being a little dramatic here but coming from the dental field, it just pains us to see how people ignore their teeth. Some just can’t get themselves to brush there for more than a couple of seconds while some will brush them so rigorously as if by doing so their teeth are going to turn pristine white. We are not saying that you can’t achieve pearly whites (you could have implants or dentures but we are sure you’d like them natural) but to have those you need to be consistent in your cleaning and follow basic dental rituals every single day.
So what are these dental rituals you would ask, so here they are – all drilled down and simplified so that you stick to them and make your teeth strong, healthy, and bright.
What is the correct way of brushing?
Think of your teeth as your babies, all 32 of them (that’s too many babies, but believe us this attitude will help you look at them differently) need to be looked after tenderly. So the first important thing to remember is to look for a brush that has soft bristles. Now that we’ve decided how we want our toothbrush, let’s set the frequency for brushing your teeth. You should, come what may, brush your teeth twice a day. If you are a parent, then do cultivate this habit in your little ones from an early age as it will serve them well in the long run.
Likewise, your toothbrush needs a replace every 3 months. After recovering from throat and mouth infection, we recommend you to chuck your toothbrush and buy a new one as the bristles of your toothbrush carry with them the bacteria that caused infection and using the same toothbrush can cause the infection to relapse.
Now let’s get down to the brass tacks –
- Brush the inner and outer surfaces of your upper and lower teeth
- Clean your tongue
- Tilt your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle and brush your teeth in circular motion or just slide them across your gum line without being too harsh
- Do not forget the chewing surfaces
Do you need to floss every day?
Yes, we all do need to! Flossing removes clingy bacteria stuck between our teeth (the crevices and nooks where our toothbrush can’t reach). Our toothbrush cannot access all the areas that these little nasties inhabit in, thereby causing a host of problems including bad breath, cavities, tartar, etc. This is why we recommend all of you to floss your teeth once a day.
Another important part of your cleaning ritual is visiting a dental clinic as prescribed by your dentist so that your teeth receive the necessary professional cleaning and examination.