Teeth Care : the essentials

fun teethSay cheese! Whether you are having your picture taken or are smiling at someone, one of the first thing people see are you teeth. Because when you are expressing yourself and when you are talking, your teeth show first, it is important to take care of your teeth and gum. A beautiful and healthy smile will attract more people, will get you an overall more positive attitude of people around you.

Your teeth are important, in many other ways. Healthy teeth help make a healthy person. They allow you to eat, to speak clearly, and of course, to you look your best.

After your eat, sugar covers your teeth. And bacteria love that sugar, which allow them to proliferate. The bacteria break that sugar down into acids, which cause your tooth enamel to weaken, causing holes in your teeth, or in other words, cavities.

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Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria and sugars that constantly forms on our teeth. They are the direct cause of gingivitis, a gum disease that can make your gum go red and swell.

The lack of teeth care will lead to cavities and unhealthy gum, which can be make your mouth very sore, making it difficult to eat. With unhealthy teeth and gum, chances are that you won’t feel like smiling so much.

The invention of toothpate… and before

With years and years of research, we now know how to take care of our teeth. Before the invention of toothpaste and toothbrushes, when people didn’t know as much about teeth care, as people got older, their teeth would rot away. They would have to endure pain. If the toothache was unbearable, they could only pull out the rotting teeth out. But today, with our technology and science, we have the tools to take care of our teeth. However, although we have the right tools, you also need to take the time to use them. And while you’re swishing that minty, vanilla-y or bubble-gummy fresh toothpaste around your mouth, think about how lucky you are. Over 100 years ago, people were using

* ground-up chalk or charcoal
* lemon juice
* ashes
* tobacco and honey mixed together

to clean their teeth…

The first minty fresh tooth cleaning product was invented only about 100 years ago. A few years later, the toothpaste tube was invented, allowing people to squeeze the paste right onto the toothbrush! Popularity of tooth brushing rose during World War II as the  U.S. Army gave toothbrushes (we bet they weren’t best electric toothbrushes!) and toothpaste to their soldiers, who learned to brush twice a day.

Today, there are plenty of flavors and types of toothpaste to choose from. There are mint/vanilla/cinnamon flavored toothpaste, there are toothpaste for kids, for people with sensitive teeth, there are toothpaste with whitening added. Just watch TV commercials or ads in magazines to see the number of varieties in tooth care products. Most toothpaste brands contains fluoride, a product also used at your dentist’s office, which helps increase the strength of your teeth, protecting them from cavities. But tooth care products doesn’t stop there. You probably own a manual toothbrush, a best electric toothbrush, floss that were designed to help you take care of your mouth and teeth.

Keep Your Teeth Healthy

Here are some tips to keep your teeth healthy.

  • Brush a minimum of twice a day — after breakfast and before bedtime. If possible, brush after lunch or after sweet snacks. Brushing often will help break down plaque, reducing the chance of painful gingivitis.
  • Brush your teeth properly. Spend some time to brush the teeth at the very back of your mouth. Wisdom teeth are more difficult to access, so make sure you spend some time brushing them. Ask your dentist to show you the best way to brush.
  • Don’t rush it. Take your time brushing and spend at least 2 or 3 minutes each time. An electric toothbrush can be a good tool to use as they often include a timer, so your never underbrush.
  • Make sure to change toothbrush or electric toothbrush head every 3 months. You can opt for a toothbrush that have bristles that change color, indicating when it is time to change the toothbrush.
  • Ask you dentist about using an antibacterial mouth rinse. Note, it is important not too overuse mouth rinses as they can kill the “good bacteria”.
  • Floss every night, or after every meal and snacks. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist how to floss properly.
  • Brush your tongue. This will help keep your mouth fresh longer.
  • Make sure to visit your dentist every 6 months. A regular visit a the dentist office will help reduce the chances of cavities and gum diseases.
  • Don’t eat too much sweet food. Drink lots of water.

And last but not least, don’t forget to smile!