Avoid cavities, stained teeth, gum disease, tooth loss, mouth cancer, bad breath and maybe a heart attack.
The practice of daily oral hygiene can prevent a mouthful of problems. But if you fail to take these steps then, well there’s no easy way to say this, you’re going to have a smile that will scare little kids and breath that will stop a train.
- Brush your teeth last thing at night and at least one other time during the day with a fluoride toothpaste. This is easy. The one other time could be when you wake up, when you return from work, whenever. The point is, brush the gunk off and get the fluoride on.
- Make sure your toothpaste contains fluoride; it helps strengthen tooth enamel making it more resistant to decay.
- Change your toothbrush every two to three months or sooner if it becomes worn as it will not clean the teeth properly
- Clean in between your teeth at least once a day. The easiest way is to use floss or a Waterpik. Besides removing food particles, this also helps prevent plaque from building up. And this is the same kind of plaque that builds up in the arteries and blood vessels that leads to heart attacks and strokes.
- Don’t use mouthwash immediately after brushing or you’ll rise away the fluoride you just brushed onto your teeth.
- Do we really have to say this. Quit smoking. This step alone will help reduce the chances of tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss, and in more severe cases mouth cancer.
- About your breath. Lick your wrist, let it dry and give it a sniff, if it smells your breath probably does too. Mouthwash and brush. And if that fails, see number 8.
- Visit Mint twice a year for checkups and teeth cleaning. Regular checkups are key for maintaining good oral hygiene and healthy teeth. And Mint makes visiting the dentist fun, so there’s no excuse for a less than wonderful smile.