1. Floss daily
Floss daily, just like your dentist constantly advises! Flossing is the best way to remove plaque and bacteria from your gum line. While daily flossing is recommended, doing it twice daily or every time you brush your teeth is much better.
Flossing can be challenging if it’s not something you do frequently. To help improve your flossing routine, you may consider these 5 easy flossing tips:
- Choose the right floss.
- Follow a proper flossing technique.
- Do not reuse floss.
- Always floss after brushing.
- Be consistent with your flossing routine.
2. Brush your teeth twice a day
You’ve probably had this memorised, but regular brushing does so much not just for your teeth, but for your gum health too. The American Dental Association advises tooth brushing twice a day. You can brush your teeth when you wake up, and before going to sleep.
Using the right toothbrush is also crucial. Toothbrushes with soft bristles are the most recommended. To keep your toothbrush fresh, don’t forget to replace it or the toothbrush head every three to four months.
When you are brushing your teeth, don’t apply too much pressure and just gently move your toothbrush across your mouth in short strokes.
3. Use mouthwash
4. Dental check-ups
5. Avoid bad lifestyle habits
Your lifestyle habits impact your oral health. Therefore, it is important to avoid bad habits that hurt your teeth and gums. Some of them are:
- Smoking and Tobacco Use – Smoking and chewing tobacco not only stains your teeth but also causes a lack of oxygen in your bloodstream which makes it hard for your gums to heal from disease.
- Sugary Drinks and Food – Sodas and candies and other sugary food can lead to more stubborn plaque that is hard to remove from teeth and gums.
- Excessive Alcohol Use – Alcohol dries out your mouth and increases the risk for gum diseases. Your saliva washes away bacteria in your mouth. But when your mouth is dry due to alcohol use, reduced saliva flow can lead to the production of bacteria.