Our teeth are one of our most important possessions. If we don’t look after them then fixing or replacing them can cost a lot of time and money – and it can be very uncomfortable. That’s why we need to put effort into taking care of them. These useful tips will help you to take care of your teeth for the rest of your life.
1. Brush twice daily
Yes you’ve heard this one before. You’ve been told it for your whole life. But how many of us actually do it every single day? If you aren’t brushing first thing in the morning and last thing at night you may well be opening yourself up to all kinds of oral health problems. It takes just 24 hours for the plaque on your teeth to harden and set, meaning you’ll need a dentist appointment to get it off again. If you let it get worse you’ll end up with gum disease and rotting teeth.
2. Floss between your teeth
Flossing takes so little time and yet a lot of people don’t do it. It’s really simple and easy to floss. You grab a length of floss, wrap it around a finger on each hand, and then push it between the gapsof your teeth with a quick back-and-forth motion. This removes plaque and food debris from areas that your brush might miss. You gums may bleed a little at first but this is normal and you shouldn’t be put off by it.
3. Wear a mouthguard
If you grind your teeth during the night or do anything that might endanger your mouth and teeth in any way, a mouthguard is a really good investment. It will protect your teeth by absorbing the shock of any impact and will keep them from being worn down by gradual rubbing over time. This is especially important if you grind your teeth while sleeping and have no way to control it. While you can change your behaviour to prevent grinding in the daytime, your only defence at night is a mouthguard.
4. Avoid biting hard things
Anything your teeth have a hard time chewing with could potentially chip or even break them. If you eat a hard piece of nut and you have a difficult time biting through it, it might be better to either avoid that food or find a way to chop it up first. But it isn’t just food that can cause this problem. Anyone who has a tendency to nibble on pens, hold things in their mouth while they use their hands, or put anything hard between their teeth in any way is risking a chip. If you can’t bite it, stop trying.
5. Don’t get a piercing
It may sound odd, but one of the most common reasons for chipped teeth can be the presence of piercings in the mouth. Tongue piercings are the worst culprits, as they are constantly around and in the way of the teeth – and those who have pierced tongues can have a tendency to bite or chew the piercing. They can wear away at the protective enamel on teeth and put you at risk of infection. Piercings around your lips, with backs protruding into your mouth, may also cause significant damage. The bottom line is, any piece of metal in your mouth may cause a chipped tooth.
Don’t risk having teeth that are chipped, rotten, crooked or missing. There are so many things that can go wrong with your teeth but it’s easy to prevent almost all of them. Take good care of them, and they will take care of you, with minimal mouth pain or difficulty when eating for the rest of your life.