Healthy teeth don’t just happen; you have to make it happen. The good news is that it isn’t difficult to maintain strong, healthy teeth. Ever since we were toddlers, we were told to brush our teeth. Good dental health starts from the moment that first tooth bud pokes out of young, tender gums and it should continue until the day you die.
The first thing you should do is to make sure that your toothbrush is not older than three months old. Toothbrushes are not expensive so it is not asking too much to replace it four times a year. To make it easy on yourself, why not purchase four toothbrushes all at once so that you have absolutely no excuse not to replace them on a regular basis?
The next thing is to make it a point to brush your teeth two to three times a day. Obviously you should brush your teeth in the morning when you get up and at night before you hit the sack, but you should also brush your teeth after lunch whether you are a career person, a student, or a homemaker. Carry a small tube of toothpaste and a travel toothbrush or keep it at your desk.
Make it a point as well to floss your teeth at least once a day. Depending on your schedule, it might be easier for you to invest the extra time on your teeth in the morning or in the evening. You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you’ll pull out of your teeth even AFTER you have brushed! You can purchase waxed or unwaxed floss and it is also available in a few flavors just to make it more interesting.
Poor dentists; nobody loves them but it is crucial to see your dentist twice a year for a dental checkup and a dental cleaning. Cleaning by a professional rids your teeth of plaque which can cause some serious dental problems for you. This also provides an opportunity for your dentist to check your teeth as well as your gums and the inside of your mouth to make sure everything is as it should be. Getting your teeth cleaned doesn’t hurt unless you neglect your teeth for a long time and your dentist has to use a chisel to chip off all that nasty plaque!
Make your life simple; maintain a consistent dental routine, visit your dentist regularly, stay away from sugar, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about. Some things in life you don’t have control over, but your dental health is one thing that you are definitely in charge of!