Do you ever wonder what your dentist thinks when they are looking at your teeth? Same, so we did some research to find out some teethy tips that might motivate you to get up and brush your teeth right now!
10 Teeth Tips To Take Care Of Your Pearly Whites
- Brush Your Teeth (at least) Twice A Day (And floss at least once per day)
This one might sound easy buuuut you might be surprised to know that one in three people regularly forget to brush their teeth, especially in the morning! Don’t even get me started on flossing!
Brushing hard does NOT mean you are cleaning better. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush, brush in circular motions, and don’t push too hard. Remember the 2/2 rule: brush for 2 minutes, twice a day.
2. Your Flossing Wrong
Here’s the thing, if you’re flossing at all, that’s a good thing! A 2016 survey found that the number of people who floss daily amount to 30% of the population. Over 37% report less than daily flossing and over 32% say the never ever floss!
Flossing is 40% of cleaning your teeth, that’s A LOT.
The best way to floss is to hold the floss at an angle and wrap it around the tooth so you scrape the plaque off when you move it up and down.
3. Plaque is Wack…But Get Used to It
Plaque is very thin so it’s not likely that you can see or feel it but one thing that is for certain, is that it’s on your teeth right now!
Plaque sticks to your teeth and gums and can lead to tooth decay and other dental issues. It builds up every day so that’s why daily brushing and flossing are important to keep it in check.
4. Your Toothbrush Might Be Too Hard
It’s generally recommended that everyone use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Most people want to grab a hard-bristled toothbrush because they think it will clean their teeth better than a soft-bristled toothbrush.
The problem is, most people brush too hard and end up doing some damage. Hard toothbrushes are too stiff, so they can do damage to the enamel, root surfaces, and most commonly the gum tissue.
Plaque is soft and loose, so you don’t need to scrub super hard. Think massage (vs scrubbing) and stick to small circles!
5. Bacteria Grows More in Dry Mouths
Do you feel like your mouth is constantly dry? You might have something called Xerostomia, aka dry mouth.
Having saliva in your mouth helps rinse and cleanse oral bacteria from the mouth. When your mouth is dry, bacteria tend to stay and multiply rapidly. Gross. That results in plaque, bad breath, and other issues.
You can get dry mouth from various medical conditions and from taking certain medications.
Here are few tips to help with dryness in the mouth: chew sugar-free gum (to stimulate the flow of saliva), limit caffeine (it can make your mouth drier), avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol, stop using tobacco, and frequently sip on water.
6. Chipped Tooth? Get it Fixed ASAP
A chipped tooth is not like a sprained ankle, where you can just walk it off. When you chip a tooth you can expose something called dentin (a soft tissue that covers the root). When exposed, bacteria are more likely to get inside causing decay and pain!
Don’t walk it off, go get that chipped tooth looked at!
7. Teach Your Kids Great Dental Care Now
Your kids will be more likely to brush and floss if they have built-in habits (and great examples). Make it fun, make it frequent, and make it a family affair!
8. Mouth Care Can Affect Your Overall Health
Poor dental health can have massive effects on your overall health. It can affect speech, eating, and can cause social anxiety.
Patients with mental illness are almost 3x more likely to have lost all of their teeth, affecting physical appearance, self-image, and self-esteem.
Many studies have found that anxiety tends to be associated with several oral health issues.
Make your oral hygiene habits so second nature that you don’t even have to think about it. Brushing twice a day and flossing once a day
9. See Your Dentist Every 6 Months
The best motivation to brush and floss should be that you are taking care of your teeth but the second-best motivation is that you don’t want to be embarrassed when you have a little visit to your dentist.
Your dentist can provide a deeper cleaning and also make sure your chompers are in good shape.
10. Have You Heard of Hydroxyapatite?
Hydroxyapatite is an essential ingredient of normal bone and teeth that can provide natural remineralization and teeth whitening while also reducing hypersensitivity and removing plaque.*
Protection, prevention, and teeth whitening→ win, win, win.
It’s also included in our fluoride-free toothpaste, Protect & Whiten. This natural toothpaste leaves your breath minty fresh while building and improving enamel, and naturally whitening teeth.*
Hopefully, you’re more motivated and ready to take care of your teeth! If you’re in need of soft-bristled toothbrushes or a natural toothpaste, check out our Bamboo Toothbrushes and Protect & Whiten Toothpaste (or Super Smiles for kiddos).
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.