Throughout the years, there are various tips for the ages and stages that people go through, with things all along the way that contribute to a healthy mouth. Here are some tips for getting and keeping a healthy mouth:
• When it comes to infants, avoid putting them to bed with a bottle. It’s also beneficial to try to keep shared utensils away from them, so they don’t get additional germs in their mouth.
• At any age of life, it is important to establish a healthy oral hygiene routine. As soon as infants have their first tooth come in, parents can begin keeping it clean. Once they are old enough to brush, parents can create a routine and help them see it through.
• Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice per day, for two minutes each time. While you are at it, brush your tongue as well. You also need to floss at least once per day. This is one that even adults like to cut corners on, but the benefits are well worth the effort.
• Make a twice per year visit to your dentist’s office for a check up and cleaning. This will help keep the plague removed off the teeth, the teeth clean and polished, and will help the dentist discover any issues that may arise.
• See an orthodontist as recommended by your dentist or if you feel you have issues that may warrant a consultation with one. Such issues as bite misalignment, braces, and teeth straightening are best handled by an orthodontist, who is a trained specialist in these areas.
• Always use a mouth guard when playing sports. This simple little device, which can be picked up at a sporting good’s store, can save you a great deal of pain and money later!
• Replace your toothbrush regularly, which is every two to three months or as the bristles become frayed.
• Avoid forgetting to floss each day. Leave the floss sitting out on the bathroom counter, or put a little sticky note on the mirror. Make a point to do it each day for a month, by which time it should become a habit.
• Make sure that even though you are brushing twice a day that you are brushing long enough. Aim for two minutes per session. If you opt for an electric toothbrush, they often let you know when it has been two minutes.
• Speak to your doctor about any prescriptions you may be taking that have side effects that harm the teeth. If there are some, maybe you can get them swapped out for something else or ask for suggestions to protect your teeth.
• Avoid smoking or using chewing tobacco, both of which can lead to many oral health problems.
• Keep drinks in check! Sugar drinks should be avoided or kept to a minimum, as well as highly acidic drinks (e.g., citrus sodas and sports drinks, etc.), which can eat away at and erode the tooth enamel.
• Forget using your teeth to open things or chew on items such as pens. Both can be damaging.
• Avoid sharing things like straws, utensils, lip balm, etc. The bacteria and saliva can transmit things that lead to an unhealthy mouth.
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