As we age, inevitably, tartar and plaque accumulate on our teeth. So, it's important to brush thoroughly at home, and have regular cleanings at your dentist. Aside from the fresh and clean feeling, there are health benefits for your whole body from a clean mouth. Plus, you'll have a confident smile, which can be just the edge you need in certain situations. Fortunately, keeping your mouth clean is easy to do, and relatively inexpensive. An ounce of prevention is still worth a pound of cure.
Have Regular Check Ups
Have your teeth professionally cleaned every six months. This will help to remove light stains, plaque, and tartar all of which can age the look, and feel of your teeth. If you have really stubborn stains, such as from coffee, your dentist can help remove them with laser teeth whitening. Frequent exams will also allow the dental hygienist to check on the health of your gums, which are just as vital to dental health as your teeth.
The benefits of deep cleanings. If you have occasional bleeding of your gums, you may be advised to consider a deep cleaning, such as scaling, or root planing to remove a build up of tartar along the gum line. If you do experience regular bleeding of the gums, called gingivitis, it's wise to stay vigilant in your dental visits, because it can relapse, and worsen.
* Replace your toothbrush every three months. After that that time, most brush bristles become frayed. This makes them ineffective in cleaning your teeth. Recycle, and get a new one. Try a new color, or an electric toothbrush.
* Use a toothbrush sanitizer. Research shows that germs can remain and breed on wet toothbrushes. Kill them with one of the many toothbrush sanitizers available on the market. Most kill 99% of all germs.
* Keep your toothbrush separated from others'. Airborne bacteria can migrate from touching toothbrushes, spreading infections such as common colds, flu, and even periodontal disease. Keep your toothbrush separate from the others.
Floss and Mouth Wash
* Use floss and mouth wash daily. Floss and rinse every time you brush your teeth. Your mouth will feel almost as fresh as when your dentist gives you a thorough cleaning.
* Learn proper flossing techniques. Improper flossing can damage your gums, or still leave food stuck between your teeth. Proper flossing helps remove particles between teeth that brushing cannot remove. 40% of your total tooth surface area is between your teeth. Check out this brushing and flossing animation from the American Dental Association.
* Consult your dentist on choosing the best mouthwash. There are two types of mouth wash; cosmetic and therapeutic. Cosmetic mouthwashes mask bad breath. While they can eliminate some bacteria, they only have a limited effect on dental health. Therapeutic mouthwashes help build tooth enamel and combat disease and cavities. There are also mouthwashes formulated for dry mouth symptoms.
* Nature's cavity fighter. According to the Surgeon General, Fluoridation is the single most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay and improve oral health over a lifetime, for both children and adults.It is present in all water sources.
* Fluoride toothpaste. The American Dental Association still recommends that teeth should be brushed twice a day with toothpaste containing fluoride. Other fluoride products include mouth rinses, special gels and pastes applied in the dental office.
* Fluoridated water. In the US, most water from public water supplies contains added fluoride. Bottled water does not. If you must drink bottled water, try alternating it with filtered tap water, whenever tap water is safe for drinking.
There's no time like the present to start a fresh and clean mouth program. Your dentist will be glad to help. If you don't have a dentist, call http://www.freedentistfinder.com 1-800-669-4869 to find one.