If you have ever suffered from a painful toothache, or had a cavity, you know how important it is to care for your teeth. There is more to proper dental care than just brushing and flossing, though. To really take good care of your teeth, you need to use the following advice.
Make sure you’re flossing every day. Brushing and using oral rinses can get rid of the majority of plaques, but it won’t get rid of everything. Flossing allows you to ensure you’re getting rid of any plaque that’s gotten between your teeth. These areas can’t be reached by brushing or rinsing so it’s important to floss.
See your dentist at least once a year. A dentist can catch problems that you may not notice, and can x-ray your teeth to catch any cavities early. Your dentist can also recommend toothpastes and mouthwashes that you can use to care for your mouth while you are at home, too.
Check your toothbrush for how hard the bristles are. You want something that is soft or even medium grade. Hard bristles can actually wear down your enamel over time. You want something that can remove debris and clean the surfaces of your teeth, but not actually do damage to them.
Remember to clean your tongue. You may brush your teeth regularly, but are you remembering to keep your tongue clean as well? Cleaning your tongue is important, especially if you want your breath to smell clean and fresh. Make sure to scrape or, at the very least, brush your tongue on a regular basis.
Ask your friends and family that you know nearby what dentist that they recommend. Word of mouth feedback and personal experiences are often the best indicator of the quality of work you can expect from local dentists. Check online reviews and community focused forums as well for other’s experiences.
If you are visiting your dentist for cosmetic reasons, always choose the less invasive treatments. For example is you are choosing between crowns and veneers, always opt for veneers. Veneers only require you to trim back a bit of your tooth, while crowns involve a lot more and are more damaging.
When you want to eat something between meals, try to avoid sugary snacks. These will just leave your teeth open to cavities and decay. Instead, have fruit or vegetables, or even whole grain carbohydrates. These are better for your overall health as well as your dental situation, but don’t forget to brush after!
Consider having older fillings, made of mercury, replaced. Mercury has been found to be harmful to the body. Because of the advances in dentistry, there are many safer materials available today. Ask your dentist about your options at your next appointment.
Now that you know more about dental care, it is time to start putting this advice to the test. Incorporate these tips into your daily routine so that you can have a bright, white smile for years to come. With this advice, you can look forward to visiting the dentist again.