When you say healthcare, most people do not immediately think of their teeth. However, dental health and hygiene is an important part of overall health. Dental hygiene can impact how we talk, breath, and even cause headaches. So how do people guarantee that those pearly whites stay pearly and white? Read on to learn some top tips on how to preserve your dental health. Who knows, maybe your dental checkups will seem less scary in the future?

Daily Schedule

Keeping dental hygiene on a daily schedule means that you are less likely to forget, and more likely to follow through.

Brushing

Brush your teeth twice a day, once in the morning and once at night. It should take you about two to three minutes to brush your teeth each time. Make sure to brush gently in even circles, make sure not to miss a spot. Most dentists recommend toothpaste with fluoride in it to really help eliminate plaque.

Flossing

Yes, you really do need to floss every single day. Flossing needs to be gentle sawing motion. The first few times someone flosses, it does cause some bleeding. However, regular flossing strengthens the gums and eventually the bleeding will stop. If you struggle with using dental floss, there are pre constructed flossers on sale at most drug stores.

Take Care Of Your Tongue

Plaque does not just build up on your teeth. The nasty stuff can also establish itself on your tongue as well. Brushing your tongue helps eliminate, and there is a recent growth in tongue scrapers guaranteed to help with this problem.

Mouthwash

Mouthwash is an amazing tool for everybody. However, it is especially useful for people who cannot floss, or who cannot floss well. In particular, children, older adults, and people with physical disabilities benefit from mouthwash.

Preventative Maintenance

Taking care of your teeth every day is a great step in the right direction. However, that does very little if people do not follow through with preventative maintenance.

  • Limit drinking sugary and acidic drinks. These types of drinks includes sodas, coffees, alcohol, and even tea.
  • Drink more water. Dentists know that most people are not going to cut out acidic or sugary foods entirely. Water helps wash away some of the debris that food leaves behind. The washing away prevents the sugar and acids in the food from eating away at teeth.
  • Strengthen teeth through eat crunchy and crispy foods. Fruits, such as apples are particularly good for this.
  • Don’t use teeth for anything other than eating food. People who rip open packaging with their teeth are at risk of chipping their teeth. Even worse, those who crack nuts or open bottles with their teeth risk cracking or splitting a tooth.