When you think about health, what comes to mind? You may think about keeping your heart healthy or trying to slim down so that you don’t have to worry about the complications associated with obesity. Somewhere down the line, your mouth may get a mention, but most of us would admit that dental health isn’t top of our agendas. If you’ve been neglecting your smile, it’s time to make some changes. Good dental health isn’t just important for your teeth and gums. Scientists also believe a healthy mouth can increase your chances of a healthy body. Poor oral health has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. If you’re lagging behind in the smile stakes, here are some simple brushing tips that will come in handy.
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How often should I brush and for how long?
Dentists recommend brushing twice a day for at least 2 minutes each time. Two minutes may not seem like a long time, but if you actually timed yourself, you may be surprised. Most of us don’t brush for long enough. You can get around this by buying a brush with a timer or putting a song on and brushing from start to finish. It’s best to brush in the morning and before you go to bed. Always try and wait an hour after eating to clean your teeth. This is because when you eat your enamel softens, and it takes time to recover. If you brush immediately, you can damage the enamel surface.
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Which products should I use?
If you go to a drug store and head for the dental aisle, you’ll probably be greeted with hundreds of different products, and this can make it difficult to choose. You can pay anything from $1 to over $200 for a toothbrush, and there are all kinds of toothpaste on offer. Seek advice from your dentist, and if you’re interested in natural dental products, have a look at sites like miswakclub.com. Tailor your search to your preferences and also your dental health status. If you have sensitive teeth, for example, you can buy brushes with gentle bristles and toothpaste, which is designed to ease and prevent pain.
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Your brushing action
When you brush your teeth, try and reach right into the corners, and cover each individual surface of every tooth. Devote equal time to each quadrant of the mouth, and angle the head of the brush so that you can clean right along the gum line. Use small, circular motions, and be very gentle. If you brush too hard, you can wear the enamel away, and this can increase the risk of sensitivity and decay. For more brushing tips, visit http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/b/brushing-your-teeth.
After brushing, don’t rinse your mouth out. Many people do this out of habit, but it can prevent your teeth from getting all the goodness out of toothpaste. If you rinse straight away, this can remove minerals like fluoride from your mouth. It’s beneficial to floss or use inter-dental brushes daily. This helps to remove bacteria and food debris from the gaps between your teeth.
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If you dream of a beautiful smile, an effective oral hygiene routine is a great place to start.