When it comes to oral health, we all have our own habits that we’ve picked up from our parents – or come up with our own over time. But, what things should we keep in mind when we go to brush our teeth in the morning and before we go to bed? Should we brush more than twice a day?
This quick summary of dental do’s is here to help you develop good habits and maybe take you away from some unhelpful ones.
While not an uncommon thing for people to do, there are still many who don’t regularly floss. Over recent years flossing has become more and more important and most dentists strongly urge their patients to floss every time they brush their teeth.
Twice or Three Times a Day?
While it can be helpful to your oral health to brush every time you eat, brushing too often can actually do more damage than good. Brushing with a heavy hand can damage gums (I’m sure everyone has found bleeding gums while brushing at some point or another) and can also slowly wear away the enamel of the tooth.
Swilling after Brushing
Just about everyone swills their mouths after brushing their teeth; getting rid of any leftover tooth paste just seems the sensible thing to do. But it can actually be beneficial to leave a the small amount of toothpaste in your mouth to protect teeth for longer. This isn’t recommended for all tooth paste brands, however, and those with a very strong fluoride concentration shouldn’t be used in this way.
Brushing Before or After Meals
It might seem sensible to brush after meals to remove any leftover food particles, but quite often it’s a better idea to brush before meals and floss afterwards. Brushing before meals can protect teeth from damage for a short time, making it very useful to do just before a meal.
Fruit is Good for Teeth
Some fruits can be good for teeth. However, certain fruits, specifically citrus fruits, can be very damaging to teeth. Fruits such as oranges and lemons are very acidic and other fruits, such as apples, that have large amounts of natural sugars can be damaging to teeth as well.