Keeping good oral hygiene and regular visit to your dentist will help you maintain healthy teeth and gums.
Here are some tips to help you look after your teeth.
- Brush your teeth twice a day. Don’t forget to brush your teeth after meals. Choose a toothbrush that has a small head for easy access to back teeth. Soft bristles are kinder to your gums.
- Use toothpaste with fluoride. Fluoride reduces the risk of tooth decay, and it also helps to harden tooth enamel.
- Brush your teeth between two to three minutes.
- Don’t forget to floss daily. Use a slow and gentle sawing motion.
- Limit acidic drinks like sodas, cordials, fruit juices. Acids in food can soften tooth material and dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel, creating holes in the teeth (cavities or caries). In some cases, teeth can be eaten right down to the gum.
- Limit sugar consumptions. Bacteria in dental plaque change sugars into acids.
- Protect your teeth from injuries. Wear a mouthguard and head protective headgear when playing sports.
- Save knocked out tooth. If possible, hold the tooth back in place while you seek immediate dental advice. If this is not possible, put the tooth in a container with milk and seek dental advice immediately.
- Don’t use your teeth for anything other than chewing food. If you use them to open bottle caps, nut cracking, opening plastic packaging, you risk chipping or even breaking your teeth.
- Visit your dentist at least twice a year. Don’t hesitate to visit your dentist if you have a dental problem such as toothache or bleeding gums.