Bruce K. Smith, M.D.
If you are like many people, you are embarrassed about your teeth. When you look at TV and read magazines, you see celebrities with incredible, shiny, and white teeth. You may think that this just is not attainable for you, but the truth may surprise you. Keep reading for some simple dental care tricks that can produce big results.
Brush your teeth daily. Food and bad bacteria can settle on and in between teeth causing odor and dental issues, so brushing them helps to keep them clean. Brush them at least twice per day using a toothpaste that contains fluoride. The best times to brush your teeth are after every meal you eat and prior to bed.
Use fluoride, but not too much. Fluoride helps keep your teeth strong. It is especially helpful for children and teens. Too much fluoride, however, can damage teeth. If your city has fluoridated water, you may want to avoid fluoridated toothpaste. Ask your dentist to learn how to get the right amount of fluoride.
Most people know that fast food hamburgers aren't good for you, but did you know they can affect your teeth? The hamburger bun contains sugars, which can increase the risk of cavities, and most fast food burgers contain ketchup, which also has a lot of added sugar. Keep fast food consumption to a minimum and brush your teeth right after eating a hamburger.
Do you have bad breath? You should clean your tongue more regularly. Invest in some tongue scrapers and use them after each meal to remove bacterias from your tongue. Rinsing your mouth with an anti-bacterial mouth wash can help too. If the problem persists, go to your dentist to find out what is causing your bad breath.
Do you get tartar easily? If this is a problem for you, then you should use a toothpaste that is formulated to help you to fight it. Take special care with the two locations tartar shows up: the outside of upper molars, and the interior of your front teeth on the lower inside surface. It's crucial that you make regular appointments with your dentist, so that he or she can remove it before it becomes a bigger problem.
Don't hurry through brushing teeth. Brushing may be in your regular routine, however, too many people rush through it. Don't do this. Take your time to make sure you are brushing thoroughly. Avoid just going through the motions. Brush every surface of your teeth that the toothbrush can reach.
Prior to selecting a dentist, make sure you understand what your health benefits are. Some plans will only cover certain dentists, and it is important to do your research to find out who you can and can't go to. You may wind up saving quite a bit of money as a result.
Ensure you're regularly replacing your toothbrush. It is best to toss your old brush at least three or four times yearly. The bristles fray long before it is possible to see the damage. Cleaning your teeth with a good toothbrush can make all the difference in the world. Regular toothbrush replacements are important for good dental hygiene.
To help protect your children from swallowing too much toothpaste supervise their brushing. Use only a small amount of toothpaste. Dentists generally recommend using a small pea sized amount of toothpaste for children under six years old to help protect their health. During your child's tooth brushing routine, explain the importance of brushing each tooth properly.
Nowadays, achieving beautiful teeth is possible. Thanks to new research, we are now aware of all kinds of small tips that can produce big results when it comes to our teeth. Make use of the simple, but effective, tips that you have just read, and you can significantly improve your teeth in a very short amount of time.