By Kate Ranta on Mar 2, 2018 @ 03:02 PM
When we were young, we were taught about the importance of good dental hygiene. While regular visits to the dentist provide cleanings, taking care of your teeth and gums beyond the office ensures a healthier smile. But what about those hard to reach places? These tips can make a difference, even in those areas you have a hard time getting at.
When you brush your teeth, you're not just brushing for aesthetic purposes. You're brushing to get rid of plaque. Plaque build-up leads to bleeding, swollen gums, and a breakdown of the gum tissue. Moreover, you should aim to brush at a 45-degree angle, getting the back and front of your upper and lower teeth. Of course, some places in the mouth are harder to reach, and that's okay. Focus on getting at the areas you can.
It’s important to note that harsh brushing can damage your gum tissue over time. Try to find a toothbrush with soft bristles. Along with finding the appropriate toothbrush, changing your toothbrush at least four times a year decreases bacterial contact.
Investing in Floss Methods
Dentists always tell their patients to floss. But why should you floss? It seems time-consuming and awkward, right? However, dental floss gets rid of the plaque that your toothbrush couldn't reach. Plaque hides between the teeth and builds up right on the gum line. Depending on what foods you eat, the plaque increases, continuously creating bad bacteria. After a prolonged presence on gum tissue, the bone of your tooth gets attacked by the bacteria.
Dental floss comes in many textures and flavors. Some people choose floss picks as an alternative to flossing, especially when they're getting ready for work or school. Otherwise, pull 18 inches from the floss package and gently pull back and forth between teeth.
Choosing a Mouthwash
Mouthwashes have many purposes. Based on your preferences, you should choose mouthwash that's antibacterial and soothing. If your mouthwash dries out your gums or burns, you should consult a dentist for more options. Pre-brush rinses loosen up plaque; brushing becomes easier to accomplish.
In addition, after you eat, it is recommended that you rinse your mouth with warm water to uproot sticky foods.
Massaging the Gums
Massaging the gums is a little known remedy. In fact, dentists recommend that you massage the gums to kill bacteria and enhance blood flow. Some people choose to use their clean fingers to supply their inflamed gum tissue with fast relief. On the other hand, you can buy a gum massage tool at any store for a low price.
These are simple dental hygiene tips that promote fresher breath and reduce oral discomfort. And all of these together can help reach difficult areas in the back of your mouth!