If you are guilty of neglecting or abusing your pearly whites in the early years of your life (by not brushing regularly, by smoking a lot of cigarettes, drinking a lot of caffeine, etc) you might find yourself getting a bit self-conscious when you smile. Whether your teeth are already exhibiting a yellowish-tinge or suffering from extreme sensitivity to hot or cold food and beverages, it’s never too late for you to level up your personal dental care routine.
Can’t Smile Without You Most people with a “normal” or average set of teeth don’t really realize the importance of their pearly whites until they experience problems concerning it.
Imagine this: you use your mouth to communicate with people every minute of everyday and that means that your teeth is also exposed every time you communicate with other people. If you are not confident about your teeth, you will definitely become self conscious which would greatly affect the way you interact with others.
Now do you realize the importance of maintaining a healthy set of teeth? If you do, then it’s high time that you give a little more time for your personal dental care.
Brush Regularly You don’t really have to be a toothbrush maniac and strictly brush your teeth every after meal. What if you eat at least 8 times a day? Brushing your teeth 8 times a day would definitely irritate the enamel of your teeth and may even make your gums tender and make you more susceptible to gum irritation and gingivitis.
Most dentists would recommend that brushing the teeth at least 2 or 3 times a day is enough to maintain the cleanliness of the teeth and mouth.
If you seem not to be satisfied with just merely brushing, you can actually floss (now you can do this after every meal, just make sure you know the right way of flossing or you’ll still end up having gums that bleed) or gargle some mouthwash.
Have A Tongue Cleaner
If you think that brushing and flossing alone is enough to help eliminate, manage and control the halitosis-causing bacteria in your mouth, think again!
The bacteria are not only found in your teeth but they are also found in your tongue and in the “cheeks” of your mouth. Brushing alone will not help you achieve 100% fresh breath. You will need to clean your tongue and inner mouth cheeks as well.
You can do this by simply buying a tongue cleaner. There are a lot of toothbrushes in the market today that have built in tongue and cheeks cleaner. They may be a bit more expensive than regular toothbrushes, but they’re worth the extra money anyway.
Don’t Be Lazy There may be times when you arrive home very late at night or you simply had a very rough and tiring day that you just want to crawl right into bed when you get home. You ditch brushing your teeth and then you justify your act by telling yourself “it’s only for tonight” and then you sleep right away.
You might think that it’s a harmless act but maybe it would help if you would know that a person who sleeps overnight without brushing his or her teeth gives the bacteria in his or her mouth ample time to multiply which gives off a “deadly” mouth odor in the morning.
Personal dental care is a person’s responsibility to himself. It is part of daily hygiene and it must be not neglected, just like bathing and washing hands.