If you want to have strong, healthy teeth and keep them into your old age, it’s important to maintain good oral hygiene throughout your life. To keep your teeth and gums healthy wisdom teeth, you should visit your dentist every six months to get your teeth checked and get them cleaned by the oral hygienist.
Between visits, if you follow these simple care of your teeth, you’ll avoid tooth decay and loss.
- When you choose a toothbrush, pick one that has soft bristles. Although many people think that hard bristles will get their teeth cleaner, actually they can damage the teeth and gums. Battery operated toothbrushes have become quite inexpensive and are an effective way to clean your teeth.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Otherwise you’ll have plaque buildup on your teeth and it will be harder to remove. Plaque is comprised of bacteria, and is very sticky. It adheres to the teeth, and if it’s not brushed away regularly can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. If you drink coffee, tea, or red wine, brushing frequently will help keep them from staining your teeth.
- Keep the brush at a 45 degree angle and use a gentle up and down motion. Take the time and care to brush all tooth surfaces. It should take two to three minutes – don’t rush through the process. You should not scrub at your teeth because this can cause your gums to gradually recede.
- To prevent decay between the teeth, dental floss should be used daily. Otherwise food particles can get caught between the teeth, which will allow plaque to form and decay to set in. In addition, because of the decaying food particles, you’ll be more likely to have bad breath.
When flossing your teeth, remove approximately 18″ of floss and wrap one end around your finger. Wrap the other end around the finger of your other hand. Gently move the floss between your teeth, in a back and forth as well as up and down motion. Make sure to use floss on all sides of your teeth, as well as the backs of yours molars or wisdom teeth.
- Last but not least, visit your dentist every six months to have your teeth cleaned and checked. The hygienist will clean your teeth by using a scraper, ultrasound equipment, and/or a polisher. This is a painless procedure and your teeth will feel clean and smooth afterwards. Once a year, you will also have x-rays taken to check for cavities and abnormalities. Next your dentist will review your x-rays, check your teeth and gums, and don’t be surprised if you’re asked to stick out your tongue! He or she will go over your dental health, and apprise you of any further dental care you may need.