Tons of people are unhappy with their teeth. As you know, the way that your teeth look can play a major role in how you are perceived. Bad teeth can lower your self-esteem. Keep reading for advice on how to care for and be happy with your teeth.
Look around to find an affordable dentist. You can look at a dental school if you are uninsured. You should not let financial problems get in the way of your dental hygiene and go see a dentist at least twice a year.
A soft bristled brush that fits your mouth is needed for proper tooth cleaning. Let your brush dry in the air to avoid bacteria growth. Stand the toothbrush up on its end, and make sure there’s nothing around it that will impede the drying process.
After passing 50, abstain from using alcohol-based mouthwash. Older people tend to have increased sensitivity in their mouths, and alcohol mouthwashes can cause a burning and stinging sensation. You can achieve the same results (minus the burning) by swishing with a formula that does not contain alcohol. Use it twice daily for good results.
A disclosing agent can help you take note of the areas in your mouth not being adequately brushed. Use this disclosing mouthwash or tablet right before you brush your teeth. Then you will be able to see areas of plaque clearly as they will be dyed pink or blue. Of course, don’t use these products when you are short on time. This is definitely something that you should only use when you have nowhere to go.
It’s important that you are flossing each day. Proper flossing makes a difference. Put the floss carefully between two of your teeth. Gently pull the floss forwards and backwards. Avoid forcing the floss down under your gums; focus on the gum line. Clean your teeth with the floss, one-by-one.
Your toothbrush should never have hard bristles. Hard bristles expose the root surfaces, which may eventually cause your gums to recede or become infected. In fact, they can even wear down your tooth structure. Any of these things can contribute to hypersensitivity, so stick with toothbrushes with soft or medium-soft bristles.
Brush your teeth for two minutes at a minimum. Ensure you carefully brush every single tooth. Begin at your gums and slowly gravitate to the top of your teeth. Make sure that you brush with a pressure that is comfortable for you, though still effective. If you experience pain or bleeding in your gums while brushing, opt for a toothbrush that has softer bristles.
Whatever type of toothpaste you buy, be sure that it contains fluoride. This ingredient will help you to have stronger teeth so they don’t have as many cavities or other problems like that. Strong teeth ultimately are healthy ones.
Now you know that you can take specific steps to improve your appearance. There’s no reason to let your teeth embarrass you. Smile big and know it looks great. Follow the advice above, and you will have a winning smile in no time.