Be honest with yourself, how clean and shiny are your teeth?
If you’re like many Americans, you probably don’t see your dentist as often as you should. This can be due to a lack of funds or insurance, or even dental anxiety. Regardless of the cause, it’s important to do what you can to keep your teeth healthy on your own time.
But how do you do that? Sure, you know how to brush, but what can you do to (almost) guarantee sufficient dental health?
We want to help. Keep reading to learn how to take care of your dental hygiene.
1.Get Regular Cleanings
Dental work is expensive, but many insurance options offer dental cleanings for free. Even a regular dental cleaning, if you do nothing else for your teeth, can be a big boost for your dental health.
Dental hygienists can remove plaque and tartar that you can’t get rid of with a toothbrush. They protect your teeth from future harm. Don’t skimp on your cleanings, even if you avoid the more costly procedures.
2. Take Care of Pain Immediately
When you’re feeling tooth pain you know that something is amiss. Occasional sensitivity can be normal, but when it’s interfering with your day-to-day life, you have a problem.
Dental problems don’t heal on their own. Dental cracks, breaks, and cavities get worse over time. The longer you wait, the more money you’ll need to spend to get rid of the problem.
Try a walk-in dental clinic to get the care that you need.
3. Don’t Neglect Flossing
Many Americans don’t floss as much as they should. For some, it’s painful. For others, it’s difficult. Some people just don’t want to (or know that they should).
Flossing gets all of the plaque and debris from the spaces between your teeth. You can’t reach those with a toothbrush unless you have extreme spacing.
Not flossing, even if you have perfect brushing habits, can be a one-way trip to gum disease.
4. Consider Orthodontics
If the price is your problem, this might not be accessible to you. Check out your insurance options to see if your dental insurance covers orthodontic work.
You may think that braces and aligners are only for aesthetics, but this isn’t true. Having teeth that are spaced correctly can make it easier to reach tough spots with your floss and toothbrush.
Crowded teeth, for example, can break floss, making it near-impossible to get some good flossing in.
5. Stay Away from Sugar
You don’t have to omit sugar altogether, but keeping your sugar intake low can help to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
It’s okay to indulge during the holidays, but consider brushing your teeth or using mouthwash a half-hour after your candy snack. Sugar causes cavities, and while your saliva helps to control some of the damage, excess sugar can be too much for it to handle.
Do You Do Everything You Can to Keep Your Teeth Healthy?
Keeping your teeth healthy isn’t just for your oral health; it’s also for your physical health as a whole.
Strong and healthy teeth will give you the best chance of avoiding gum disease and even keeping your teeth into old age. You only get two sets of teeth after all, and your first set is long gone.
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