In our last blog posts, we discussed the toothpaste debate: to use natural toothpaste and avoid fluoride, or to stick to the regular fluoride toothpaste that we have all used since we were young. Though we ultimately suggested that you ask you local family dentist in Glendale Heights, we discussed the pros and cons of each and the benefits of both. To read about natural toothpaste, go here and about fluoride toothpaste, go here.
Most of us have been brushing our teeth, going to the dentist regularly, and perhaps even flossing! But what are the keys to taking care of your teeth and keeping them healthy and beautiful pearly white. Today, we are doing to review the basics of dental health that can truly make a difference for the better.
When we talk about dental care, we must begin with this important first and primary step: brushing. Even those that avoid every other means of dental hygiene, employ brushing their teeth daily. Things to keep in mind when brushing is the angle in which you brush, the pressure that you put on your brush, and the type of brush that you use. First of all, it is best to brush your teeth at a 45 degree angle. Why? Brushing your teeth at this angle helps to reach all the areas in which your teeth need to be cleaned, while avoiding shoving food and other particles up into your gums. Also, be sure to brush in a circular motion, not up and down. When you brush up and down you can shove food up and into the gums which can wreak havoc on your gums’ health. Also, be sure to invest in the right toothbrush for your teeth. Generally, it is recommended that you pick up a soft to soft medium toothbrush, but it is always best to consult with your local family dentist in Glendale Heights first.
Though flossing is a habit that many refuse to form, flossing can greatly benefit the health of your teeth and gums. The purpose of flossing is to remove the food particles and other matter that accumulates between someone’s teeth, as well as the food along the edges of the gums. Again, to get the full benefit of flossing, you must floss correctly and with the proper floss type. Flossing correctly involves pushing the floss between the teeth and wrapping it around the tooth and then moving it up and down: repeat wrapping along the other tooth and then move on to the next set of teeth. There are also several kinds of floss. There are of course a couple different flavors, such as mint and cinnamon, but when we talk about types of floss, we are talking about if the floss is unwaxed, waxed, or tape. When deciding what floss to use, be sure to contact your local dentist, for which would benefit your teeth best!
Though mouthwash isn’t always necessary, it can give the user many benefits. Mouthwash can help kill the bacteria that causes bad breath and that which causes gum disease, as well as maintain the good bacteria. Also, mouthwash can help whiten your teeth, depending on the type, and strengthen your teeth, too. Mouthwash is not an alternative to brushing, flossing, or visiting the dentist, however it is a beneficial habit to add to your daily dental routine.
Dental care goes way beyond just what you remove and apply topically to your teeth, gums, and mouth as a whole. Vitamins and other minerals that are eaten through a multi-vitamin or gained through a healthy diet is a must. Some of the primary vitamins to add to your diet to improve or aid your dental health is calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin B. Calcium helps your teeth remain strong and vitamin D is necessary for the body to absorb or use calcium. Healthy sources for vitamin C are dairy products, as well as some nut milks, and even broccoli. Vitamin D is gained through healthy sun exposure (be sure to wear sunscreen!) and through taking a supplement.
Stay tuned for our next blog post to learn more about healthy daily dental health that can keep your pearly whites happy, sparkling, and healthy. Have questions about your dental health or ready to find a family dentist in Glendale Heights? Contact Glendale Heights Family Dental for an appointment!