Having healthy looking teeth can make or break someone’s first impression. Having bad breath or keeping your lips too tight can give off a bad first impression. They say the eyes are the window to the soul, but people’s smiles are important too. Here are some tips to protect your teeth.
First and probably most important is to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. We know, you’ve heard this millions of times, and there’s a reason for that. This is recommended by the American Dental Association, also known as the ADA. Doing this will keep your teeth in top shape. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush on your tongue and teeth with toothpaste containing fluoride will clean bacteria and food from your mouth. When you brush your teeth, you are also getting rid of particles that have the capability to eat away at your teeth which can lead to cavities.
Brushing tips to protect your teeth
The temperature of your mouth is around 98.6-degree Fahrenheit, this means your mouth is wet and warm. Your mouth is filled with bacteria and food particles, this can end up leading to a mouth full of plaque. When plaque builds, it can calcify also known as hardening which will eventually turn into a large buildup of tartar, also known as calculus. Having tartar on your teeth leads to irritation within your gums, this can develop into gum disease and cause bad breath. Therefore, it is so important to brush your teeth in the morning because you are getting rid of any plaque that may have built up overnight.
It is possible to overbrush your teeth. When you overbrush your teeth you could destroy the enamel, enamel is essential because it protects your teeth. It is not recommended to brush your teeth for more than four minutes in total or more than twice a day. When you destroy your tooth enamel you are exposing a layer of dentin. When dentin is exposed that means your nerve endings are vulnerable. If your nerve endings are irritated it can cause you a lot of pain.
Flossing tips to protect your teeth
Flossing every day is just as important as brushing your teeth. Flossing properly will lead to less pain during your next dental checkup. When you floss your teeth, you are catching all of the food particles you missed while brushing. Flossing also assists with getting rid of plaque which decreases the buildup of tartar. It’s easy for you to remove plaque by brushing and flossing, you will need a dental professional to remove tartar.
The age old saying of. “sip all day, get decay” holds true when talking about soda. You may be thinking this is only when talking about sodas full of sugar, but it also deals with diet sodas too. There is acid in soda that damages your teeth. The acid from soda destroys the enamel on your teeth which eventually leads to stains on the teeth, cavities, and the inside structure of your tooth is damaged. Make sure to limit your soda consumption.
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