So, you have been brushing your teeth for years, and you regularly visit the dentist; good for you. But did you know that many people still brush their teeth wrongly even after doing it for years? They either use wrong toothbrush or brush for too long or too short causing more harm than good. Regular brushing of your teeth, flossing, or traditional methods such as using miswak and activated charcoal are some of the best ways to practice good oral health.
Below is how you can practice good oral health at home.
Brush Your Teeth
Many Singaporeans religiously brush twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste. However, not all do it right. Brush your teeth for at least two minutes using a toothbrush that has soft bristles with a head that is small enough to fit and move in and around your mouth comfortably. The handle should also be easy to grip and should not exert too much pressure
when brushing. Over-brushing a tooth that has already been cleaned can cause gum recession and abrade the root surfaces of the teeth. Instead of brushing more than twice a day, consider chewing something fibrous like an apple or carrots.
Brushing your teeth is a significant step in practicing good oral health at home. However, you can do more. There are hard to reach places in your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach. Food particles and plaque tends to hide in these places. Flossing is a time old technique that can reach these “hidden areas” and clean them. Dentists in Singapore recommend flossing, at least once a day, as a necessary complement to brushing. It goes a long way in preventing bad breath and gum disease.
Miswak is an ancient technique of practicing good oral health. It has been around for ages with some historians pegging it at over 7,000 years. The method is simple; just chew a twig from the Salvadora persica or ‘Arak’ tree. The sprig acts like a toothbrush and the extracts of the tree, which have potent antibacterial properties, work as the toothpaste.
It has helped thousands over the ages and would be an excellent addition if you are an enthusiast of ‘natural methods’ of practising good oral health at home.
Another traditional practice of good oral health at home is by applying activated charcoal. That is if you don’t mind the taste in your mouth for a few minutes. The activated charcoal primarily absorbs toxins from the mouth and has been used for ages to help many people from painful and dreaded tooth decay. It is also an effective teeth whitener, adding that sparkle to your smile.
What about People Who Have Braces?
Braces are a popular orthodontic service in Singapore. If you have braces, whether they are lingual braces, clear braces or invisible braces, you have to take extra care in maintaining good oral health. Before you leave the orthodontist’s office, ensure you ask for instructions on how to brush, and floss your teeth; as well as the foods you should avoid. Follow these instructions carefully to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
In conclusion, the above techniques will help you practice good oral health at home keeping your mouth fresh and healthy as well as giving you an attractive smile.