It is very important to provide yourself with proper teeth and gum care. Look through some tips to follow in order to maintain your oral health at its optimum level.

Care for Healthy Smile

Care for Healthy Smile
How to take care of your teeth for a healthy smile:
  Your dentist and dental hygienist can instruct you the best education on how to correctly take care of you teeth and gums. You should follow the tooth brushing techniques and proper oral care advices given by your dental health experts. Don’t rush when brushing your teeth. Have at least 3 minutes of your time for thorough cleaning of your teeth. Take enough time to reach all the dental surfaces including those hard to reach areas and the back teeth.
  Your brush should be conducted at a 45-degree angle to your gums. This will enable the tips of the bristles to point to the gumline. Smoothly move your brush in very short strokes in a back and forth movement.
  You should not take for granted the inner surfaces of your teeth even if these are not readily able to be seen when you smile or open your mouth. Brush carefully both the inner and outer surfaces of your teeth as well as the grinding and incising surfaces.
  It is also recommended to brush your tongue softly. Our tongue usually dwellings bacteria and minute food waste left during mastication, which can trigger bad breath.
  It is also significant to floss your teeth at least two times a day or after every meal as much as possible to take away trapped food particles in between the teeth that may trigger bad breath and may become a bacterial breading ground.

Nowadays there are many types of dental floss coming out in the market. Select the product that you feel most comfortable with and that doesn't cut or hurt your gums.

Here are some helpful steps to follow on how to floss properly:
  Use at least 18 inches of dental floss and twist it around the middle finger of each hand. Hold it between your thumb and forefingers and leave about an inch of dental floss. Softly slide it in between your teeth in a sawing movement. Be watchful not to snap or jerk the floss into the gums.

  Bend the dental floss into a C shape when it reaches the gumline then slide it softly up the gum. Be watchful not to press too hard, you don't want to cut your gum in the process.

  The floss should be performed against the tooth and produce a scraping motion along the side of the tooth. This should be done softly and moving the dental floss away from the gums. Follow this procedure until you reach the backside of the last tooth.

  Bleeding gums may happen throughout the first 5 or 6 days after you begin flossing. If after this period bleeding still takes place, you need to call and report your dentist about it. You may not be doing the right thing and in the process hurting your gums.

Correctly taking care of your oral health will provide you a good and healthy oral environment, which will give you a healthy, beautiful smile and improve your self confidence.