Simple Tips for Better Dental Health
By Audrey Low
- Brush Enough
Brushing should be done for at least 2 mins, twice daily. It is also important to hold the toothbrush correctly at a 45-degree angle near to gum line, so that the plaque (bacteria) at the gums gets removed.
- Select the Right Brush
Use a toothbrush with soft bristles to avoid damaging the gums and teeth. Elderly with arthritis or people with problems holding a toothbrush may find it easier to brush with an electric toothbrush instead.
- Remember to Floss
Flossing is essential to remove the food and bacteria that gets stuck between teeth. The floss should be wrapped around each tooth in a ‘C’ shape and be rubbed against the sides of the teeth.
- Visit a Dentist Regularly, Even When Everything is Fine
Many people only see a dentist when they have issues with their teeth or gums. However, most problems can be prevented if they were detected and treated early. Having regular checkups are also more cost effective by preventing costlier and more complex treatment down the road.