It’s easy to take good care of your teeth and bones when you’re young, but as we get older, it can be hard to stick with a healthy oral hygiene routine. But if you want to keep your teeth and bones strong into old age, it’s important to make sure that they’re properly taken care of over time. Here’s how:
Brush your teeth at least twice a day.
The importance of brushing your teeth is obvious, but how often should you do it? The American Dental Association recommends brushing twice a day—in the morning and before bed.
How you brush is important, too. Brush for two minutes at a time with circular motions with a soft-bristled toothbrush (preferably electric). You should not be using so much pressure that it hurts or causes sensitivity to your gums. If you have sensitive teeth, use an electric toothbrush with a softer head, or try using baking soda as an alternative to traditional toothpaste. Make sure to brush all surfaces of every tooth: top, bottom (don’t forget those back molars!), inside (where the tongue cleans), and outside (where food gets caught). Rinse well and repeat!
If you have braces or crowns or bridges on your teeth, make sure to keep up with regular dental care because these appliances can get dirty quickly without proper cleaning by the wearer.
Don’t use a hard-bristled toothbrush.
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. A hard brush can damage your gums, so it’s best to use a soft-bristled brush instead.
- Choose the right kind of toothbrush for you. For adults with braces, choose an extra-soft or ultra-soft bristle brush. If you have sensitive teeth or gums, consider using an electric or battery-powered toothbrush that has softer bristles than regular manual ones—these brushes are particularly useful for those who suffer from gum recession and bleeding when brushing their teeth manually.
- Replace your toothbrush regularly (at least once per month). Replace every three months if you use a battery-powered or electric toothbrush as these tend to wear out more quickly than manually operated ones do due to increased wear on the motor in the device over time from constant spinning motion during operation coupled with frequent usage each day during use over long periods (such as weeks).
Clean between your teeth once a day.
You should clean between your teeth once a day. Brushing and flossing are essentials, but there are other ways to keep food from sticking in the crevices of your mouth. If you have trouble getting back there, try using a Waterpik or special brush, which blasts water and jets it back into your mouth.
If you’ve had braces, you’ll be familiar with the pain of rubbing against one another as they loosen up at night—but if someone else is helping you out with this process, they can use dental floss to gently pull them apart while they’re still on the teeth! This can help prevent damage from occurring when they come off completely (you’ll need professional help for that).
A tooth crown is a cap that covers the entire tooth. It can be made of metal, porcelain, or a combination of both. Crowns are used to protect a damaged tooth or to restore one that has been removed. They can also be used to improve the appearance of a tooth.
Crowns may be placed on teeth with:
- Broken or fractured teeth
- Decay that has spread into the pulp chamber (the soft center of your tooth) and cannot be treated by filling
- Advanced gum disease means your gums need covering up to protect your remaining healthy teeth
Use fluoridated toothpaste and mouthwash.
You’ve probably heard that fluoride is good for your teeth, but what exactly does it do? Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens the enamel on your teeth and helps prevent tooth decay. The naturally occurring element can be found in water, foods, and toothpaste.
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste or mouthwash and flossing at least once per day to reduce plaque buildup and keep gums healthy.
If you’re new to chiropractors and their services, you might be wondering: How do they work?
chiropractic services treat the spine and other joints to improve the function of the nervous system. They also focus on posture and spinal alignment. This can help with a variety of health issues; some people go to chiropractors for back pain, neck pain, headaches, digestive problems, sleep problems, or even allergies.
Use dental floss at least once a day.
Flossing is one of the most important things you can do for your overall dental health. It helps keep your teeth and gums in good shape by removing food particles that can cause cavities and gum disease. So what’s the best way to floss? The American Dental Association recommends using a fresh piece of floss every time you floss since bacteria builds up on floss over time. You should also aim to floss at least once a day, but no more than three times per day.
Get regular checkups.
- Get regular checkups. The best way to maintain good oral health is to visit your dentist twice a year for checkups. Dental professionals will be able to identify any problems and treat them before they become major issues, which can save you money in the long run.
- Get fluoride treatments regularly. Fluoride treatments strengthen tooth enamel and help prevent decay, so you must get them as recommended by your dentist or hygienist (usually two times per year).
Cut down on sugar-filled drinks and snacks.
Sugar can weaken your teeth and bones. Sugar can increase the risk of developing cavities, and it may also cause tooth decay by providing the bacteria in the mouth with more food to feed on. This leads to harmful plaque buildup that can cause gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums that can result in poor circulation, bad breath, or even tooth loss.
Sugar also encourages weight gain—and obesity increases your risk for many health problems like diabetes or heart disease. In addition, sugar contributes to insulin resistance (which means your body has trouble processing sugar properly), which increases bone loss at any age but especially after 40 years old.
Don’t smoke or chew tobacco.
If you don’t already know, smoking is a major cause of gum disease. Tobacco use is associated with bone loss and tooth loss, too. It’s also linked to other oral health problems like oral cancer.
Smoking cessation has positive effects on your oral health by reducing the risk of developing gum disease and tooth loss.
Taking good care of your teeth and bones can help prevent dental problems later in life.
Your teeth and bones are a big part of your body. They help you talk, chew food, and smile! Taking good care of them will keep them healthy for many years. You may not think about this much while you are young, but after age 30 or so, it’s important to pay attention!
Dental problems can be expensive to fix later on in life. If your teeth aren’t healthy now, they might need more expensive dental treatments later on that might not be covered by insurance (like crowns). Also if you have cavities or infections that aren’t treated when they are small, then the infection could spread into other parts of your body causing even more serious health problems than just having bad breath!
Good dental hygiene habits include brushing at least twice every day for two minutes each time with fluoride toothpaste (if recommended), flossing every day also for two minutes each time, and eating foods that don’t cause plaque build-up such as applesauce instead of ice cream if possible since these types of foods promote gum disease which will lead to tooth decay over time if left untreated.”
We hope our tips will help you take better care of your teeth and bones. There are so many things that can go wrong with your dental health, and we want to make sure that you avoid as many of those problems as possible! Remember to brush twice a day, floss regularly (or get regular cleanings), visit the dentist for checkups (at least once every six months), and keep up good oral hygiene habits throughout life.