We are often told that routine dental care is important for our overall oral health . This is mainly because oral health is connected to the health of the rest of your body but do we really understand what routine dental care entails?
So what does it entail?
Routine dental care simply involves good dental hygiene that starts at home and also involves regular checkups with a dentist. Whenever you take good care of your oral health, you basically keep your entire body healthy. The reason for this is that your mouth acts as a breeding ground for bacteria therefore, keeping it clean will go a long way in protecting the rest of your body from various conditions.
How Can You Observe Routine Dental Care For Your Teeth, Gums And Entire Mouth?
There are many ways of doing this which include:
- Brushing every surface of your tooth with a fluoride toothpaste at least two times a day
- Interdental cleaning that could involve use of an interdental brush to clean in between the teeth or using a dental floss
- Proper cleaning of the tongue
- Eating right and drinking plenty of water so that you reduce the acids that often attack the teeth
- Using of mouthwash(oral rinse) often to help fight plaque
- Avoiding tobacco and limiting your intake of alcoholic beverages
So What Does It Mean To Effectively Brush Your Teeth During Routine Dental Care?
The teeth are made up of three surfaces. The outer surface which is what you easily see, the inner surface that faces your tongue and the chewing or biting surface. They all need to be adequately cleaned twice a day like we had already mentioned, in order for you to eliminate plaque.
Dentists advise that you make it a habit to brush your teeth after every meal so that you get rid of any remains. Some people find it difficult to have their breakfast before brushing their teeth because of bad breath. In such cases, dentists advise that you gurgle some water.
When it comes to brushing your teeth, you need to allocate adequate time because it is important that your teeth are well cleaned. You should therefore brush for two to three minutes.
How Then Should You Brush Your Teeth?
While brushing, move the toothbrush across your teeth in a small circular motion in order to get the teeth well cleaned. Some people have electric brushes. If you are one of them, make sure you hold your brush at the same angle against your teeth and your gum line so that your brush does its work properly.
As much as brushing your teeth daily is part of your routine dental care, it is important that you remember to clean one tooth at a time. While you are at it, keep the bristle tips against your gum line and avoid pressing so hard because this will cause the bristles to lie flat. You should allow them to reach those spaces in between your teeth as well.
The top of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth also need some thorough brushing and as such, ensure that the bristles get into the crevices and groves. You should also clean the inner surfaces of the behind teeth using a small circular motion.
When it comes to the lower front teeth, place the toothbrush in an up-down position. Have the head facing the floor of the mouth. For the upper front teeth, the tip of the head should be in such a way that it points towards the roof of the mouth when it comes to cleaning the inner surfaces. Use small circular movements on each.
During your everyday routine dental care, you should properly brush your tongue with gentle strokes from the back moving forward. This removes any bacteria present and leaves your breath fresh. Do not scrub your tongue.
After a proper brush it only makes sense to give your mouth an adequate rinse with water. Dentists also advise that you occasionally incorporate mouthwash into your routine dental care. After that, store your brush in a clean place.
How To Store Your Toothbrush
First of all, immediately after you finish brushing your teeth, clean your brush as well and put it in an upright position, making sure it air dries until the time you need to use it again. In case you are storing more than one brush in the same holder, make sure you keep them separated in order to prevent cross-contamination.
You should also make it a point to replace your toothbrush every three to four months.
How Should You Do Interdental Cleaning During Routine Dental Care At Home?
It is recommended that you use a dental floss and interdental toothbrushes to effectively clean in between your teeth as a regular toothbrush cannot reach these spaces. Interdental brushes are special types of brushes, small in size that are designed for the specific purpose of cleaning in between one’s teeth.
Oral irrigation devices are also helpful when observing routine dental care. This is because they direct a stream of water at a high pressure through a nozzle on the surface of your tooth, thus cleaning it properly. These are usually for use at home.
How Does Eating Right Contribute To Oral Health?
Taking foods from all food groups that are rich in nutrients will promote healthy gums and teeth. You should include fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods, whole grains and calcium rich foods into your diet. They not only give you optimum oral health, but also contribute to your overall health.
Avoid snacking on sugary foods as these could lead to tooth decay. They also produce acid that stays in the mouth for a longer period of time thus damaging the tooth.
We at Emerald Dental Surgery Certainly Hope that this post has somehow given you an idea on how to observe routine dental care. You can always visit us at Emerald dental Surgery in Hurlingham Nairobi for your routine dental checkups and we will be glad to assist you.
To book your appointment, contact us today on 0700609078 or 0731609078.
Have a great week.