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5 Ways To Care for Your Teeth Beyond Brushing

We know that regular tooth brushing is beneficial to our dental health. Since we were very young, our parents have constantly reminded us of the importance of brushing our teeth. It's no secret that it removes unwanted bacteria along with food particles (that cause plaque) and also eliminates bad breath. But how far are you willing to go to protect your teeth? Tooth decay and other dental problems shouldn't be treated lightly. Our bodies can usually repair itself once damaged, but that is not the case with our permanent teeth and gums. Proper dental care should be part of your daily routine. Other than brushing, what are the other dental tips that you can practice regularly? You'll be surprised how far teeth maintenance should actually go to achieve long-lasting healthy teeth.

Beyond Brushing

Most people settle for regular tooth brushing as their main daily dental routine. Unfortunately, it's not enough. Remember that in the hard-to-reach corners of your mouth are millions of bacteria that can damage the physical structure of your teeth in the long run. In order to protect them fully, you must go beyond brushing.

Wash your mouth with water or milk.

It may come to you as a surprise that you can actually rinse your mouth with milk. Yes you may, if you just had sugary food or drink. Water and milk components are great in removing the acids that sweet food and drinks leave. A research study done in 2008 proved that fluoride, milk, and water rinsing all have a significant effect on rehardening previously softened enamel samples. You can acquire fluoride through local water districts that promote fluoridated water and in toothpastes with ample amounts of fluorine. Milk has been a favorite source of calcium for both children and adults. So a combination of these materials is understandably effective.

Floss regularly.

The American Dental Association recommends flossing at least once a day to get rid of the food particles and newly formed plaque in the hard to reach edges of your teeth and in between them. Sometimes, brushing is unable to completely remove unwanted food particles because of the way the toothbrush is formed or the way you brush. Flossing correctly and thoroughly assures you of a debris-free teeth. Additionally, food particles which has been in your dental area for some time can cause tooth decay and bad breath. Flossing allows you to prevent both. If your gums bleed during flossing, it means that you have a periodontal issue. Dentists advise that you should continue flossing until the bleeding stops.

Say NO to toothpicks!

Just say no. Toothpicks can provide very little to no benefit to your dental health. In contrast, it can just lead to periodontal diseases and can cause an abrasion in your gums, making it bleed. The opening it creates when you accidentally slip will give an opportunity for bacteria to get inside your gums without having to enter the tooth. Only a dental floss is prescribed by dental professionals as an interdental cleaner. So no toothpick will be ever qualified for the job. However, if you find yourself someplace where flossing is inconvenient, a very careful use of the material can be done, but not necessarily.

Brush or scrape your tongue.

It is said that thousands of bacteria can be found in your tongue alone which can cause tooth decay and bad breath. Scraping your tongue regularly will help you get rid of the bacteria that may damage your teeth later on. When it comes to dental cleaning, the tongue is always taken for granted. Remember, total dental cleaning is not just about brushing the teeth; it involves cleaning the whole mouth area from your teeth to the cheeks and the tongue, below and above.

Visit your dentist regularly.

By regularly, we mean how often you should go depending on the level of health and wellness of your teeth. Many dentists prescribe their patients to visit them every 6 months, but this is only for those who have an excellently healthy dental area. For those who are experiencing dental problems, they may be required to visit as frequently as once a month. There is no better way to take care of your teeth than to listen to the advice of a dental professional. If you have someone you can rely on when it comes to dental care maintenance, having healthy teeth and gums is obtainable. Dental care is so much more than just brushing your teeth. It involves a consistent routine that you must follow in order to keep your dental area in perfect condition. Go beyond toothbrushing to eliminate bacteria, prevent cavities and tartar, maintain fresh breath, and stop complications in their tracks. To read more on various dental topics check these dental articles at