There are certain things that become commonplace in our lives over time due to the repetitious nature of the routine way we live. We wake up, get clean, eat, go to school/work, eat again, sleep and repeat. In between those activities there are areas where we can be spontaneous and break up the monotony, but for the most part most days resemble previous ones.
Seeing as how we are creatures of habit, it’s important to at least master the key elements that make up our routine. When it comes to how we keep our mouths clean and healthy, this is especially true. Here are some tips which are important to become a pro at in order to have optimal dental health.
“Brush your teeth twice daily
Experts have recommended people should brush their teeth at least twice a day, preferably at bedtime before sleep and at any other time of the day. The purpose of this is to remove from your mouth plaques or dental biofilms that often harbour bacteria and render your teeth more prone to infection and decay. Also, it is highly essential to make the right choice of toothpaste. Ensure your toothpaste has enough fluoride content which helps to strengthen and protect the teeth against harmful factors. You do not need to cover the head of your toothbrush with paste. A pea-sized quantity of a fluoride paste is enough for you.
Choose the right type of toothbrush
Another important choice you need to make for optimal dental health is that of your toothbrush since they vary in terms of size, texture and even mode of operation. Generally, adults should choose brushes with small- to medium-sized heads so as to reach all parts of the mouth including the molars which are quite difficult to reach at the far back. Furthermore, specialised toothbrushes with softer bristles are also available for individuals with sensitive teeth. If you like, you may even opt for a power or electric toothbrush which has been shown to be more effective at removing plaques.
Change your toothbrush regularly
It’s generally recommended that you brush every 2 – 3 months or as soon as the filaments wear out. This is because a worn-out toothbrush is usually ineffective at cleaning your teeth and may even damage your gum and cause bleeding.”
It’s also important to visit your Ottawa dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings to ensure that all of your efforts are paying off.