This is a guest post by John Cole.
Once you get rid of your baby teeth you don’t get any more second chances. You only have one set of teeth you have to keep for the rest of your life. Once they are gone you are either left with horrible false teeth or you have to spend your life savings on implants.
This can be prevented by taking care of them. It’s not exactly hard and if you ever find yourself in the horrible position of having them taken out you only have yourself to blame. Don’t let it come to that. Follow these tips and keep your teeth clean and healthy.
1. Always floss first
Before you think about brushing your teeth you need to make sure you floss first. All that bad stuff between your teeth should be taken out. It makes sense if you think about it. Once you start brushing there’s no way the bristles are going to take it out. You will think your teeth are clean when in fact they are still as dirty as ever. Buy a cheap roll of floss that you keep in the bathroom and it makes it a lot easier to make sure you do it every day.
2. Give your mouth a brush
I’m not talking about your teeth. I’m talking about your entire mouth including your tongue. There are going to be lots of bacteria growing inside your mouth. If you don’t brush your upper-mouth and tongue you might never get rid of it when you brush your teeth. If you have never bothered to do this before, you will certainly see the difference once you start.
3. Don’t rush it
When you start brushing your teeth it’s not nearly as effective if you just spend 10 seconds on them. You have a lot of ground to cover and it makes sense to spend more than a second on each section of teeth. An easy way to make sure you are doing it for a decent amount of time is putting your music on when you wake up. Try to brush your teeth for the duration of an entire song. Even if you think you don’t have time. It’s only a few minutes.
4. Do you like citrus fruits?
Citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C. If you take around 1,000 mg of vitamin C per day it will help destroy the types of bacteria that cause gingivitis. I guess you are lucky if you like oranges and grapefruit. If not then you can always buy supplements that will still do the job.
5. Don’t drink before brushing your teeth
You should wait at least 30 minutes after drinking or eating citrus fruits before brushing your teeth. The citrus acid will temporarily weaken the enamel on your teeth. If you decide to rush in and start brushing them it can cause the enamel to wear off. You will end up doing more damage than if you never bothered to brush them in the first place.
6. Eat raw veggies
There’s more than one benefit to eating raw vegetables. On the one hand it’s very healthy, but it also helps keep your teeth looking great. Because it’s crunchy it will help to stimulate gums and also scrape off plaque from the teeth. Just remember that this doesn’t include other crunchy foods like sweets. If you don’t want to eat raw veggies then make sure you don’t overcook the vegetables until they are as soft as mush.
7. Don’t skip the dentist
It’s all to easy to skip going to the dentist when you look in the mirror and see white shiny teeth. What could possibly be wrong? Well white teeth don’t mean they are healthy. You still need to make sure you are going to the dentist for a check-up at least twice per year. This is only going to benefit you in the long run.
Author Bio: John Cole is an orthodontist in Mission Viejo and has many articles on Orthodontics to his credit. He is a well known figure in this field and is invited by many companies to give talks on this subject.