Here are few basic tips for dental hygiene that you may find useful with a little bit of my opinion thrown in because… well because I can’t help myself really!
Always check the labels that on the toothpaste you’re going to buy and toothpaste you use should definitely contain fluoride.
Now I know there have been endless conspiracy theories over the years about the long term effects of fluoride on humans.
To date nothing has ever been shown that would indicate anything that the average person should worry about.
This includes flouride in toothpaste, a flouride treatment from your dentist and even flouride added to drinking water.
In fact the only clear long term effect known regarding fluoride is the fact that in areas where it is added to the water system correctly, the overall dental health of those communities is far superior to those who do not add it.
Do I need to add something regarding smoking? No, I think we all know what the answer to that one is!
If you have bad breath or cotton mouth, prescription medications could be the culprit or it could be as simple as not drinking enough water.
A lack of adequate water intake is often overlooked as the culprit for poor dental hygene but in this modern world is often the main one.
Without adequate saliva production the natural flushing out of your mouth that would occer on a constant basis throughout the day simply does not occur.
This results in sticky residues building up that eventually become bacteria harbouring plaque. This is turn leads to infections and ultimately cavities or worse.
The other aspect to drinking enough water is connected to the mucus functions within your nose. Without sufficient water your nasal cavities can become dry or blocked as as result of the dryness causing you to breathe through your mouth.
The constant passage of air through the mouth further contributes to the existing dryness and speeds the whole process up.
Just remember that when you are thirsty you can already taken too long to replenish your body’s water levels.
Speaking of plaque, a great way to evaluate your daily routine is by getting some plaque disclosure tablets from any pharmacy.
The tablets when chewed will reveal areas where there is plaque building up in your mouth.
This could be due to either insufficient brushing, poor brushing technique that is missing areas, lack of effective flossing or even the need to use interdental brushes.
By maintaining a regular brushing routine with good flossing practices after meals and keeping up with the water you should be able to reduce the need for dental intervention greatly.
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