As a child, you were reminded to brush your teeth regularly. At least twice a day your parents would strongly encourage you to have at them with a toothbrush until they looked pearly white. This message was reinforced at the dentist’s office, where a dentist would commend you for our efforts before instructing you on how to do better.
In adulthood, you understand why this was drilled into your head. For one, a perfect set of teeth can have a large impact on your self-confidence. For the other, the health benefits are numerous. Yet, somehow, many of us lose our way as we grow older.
It’s never too late to start taking care of oral hygiene again. Here are a few steps that’ll help you get back on track.
#1 Go Back to the Dentist
A common reason why people hesitate to go back to the dentist is fear. As more time passes, this apprehension only grows, so it’s best to nip it in the bud. Keep in mind, the industry has changed remarkably over the years. With the staff there to address all your concerns in a kind and friendly manner, customer service is paramount.
This is especially important if you have a family. It’s easy to get your kids excited for the dentist when you go to a clinic equipped with T.V. sets, play areas, and managed by people passionate about treating children.
#2 Try a High-Tech Toothbrush
When it comes to brushing regularly, perhaps you find it hard to stay motivated. You could try correcting this by making home dental care more exciting. Today, there are a variety of technologically advanced toothbrushes available that are fun to use and comprehensive in the way they clean. Some of these smartbrushes come equipped with Bluetooth, smartphone software, modification controls, sensors, and even multiple brush heads.
#3 Start Flossing Again
Flossing regularly is as important as brushing, yet many of us avoid it because it feels uncomfortable. The truth is that the tenderness only lasts the first time and once your teeth and gums are used to being cleaned in this manner the soreness goes away. In the end, the overall rewards of flossing greatly outweigh the initial discomfort.
#4 Change Your Dietary Habits
There are many reasons why you should lower your sugar intake. Safeguarding your teeth is one of them. As you may know, sugar converts into acid in your mouth, which in turn can erode the enamel. And a tooth with weaker enamel is more susceptible to cavities. Therefore, it’s better for your teeth if you consume foods that are less sugary and less acidic.
Instead, try to add more crunchy fruits and vegetables to your diet. These contain minerals that help fight bacteria in your mouth and can also clear food residue from your teeth.
Finally, drink more water. In between brushes, regular drinks of water can clear away sugary and acidic sticky excess from your teeth. Moreover, water will leave you feeling fuller and hence less likely to consume a treat that’s unhealthy for your teeth.