BASIC DENTAL HEALTH: 10 Ways to Keep your teeth Healthy


Of course you want the teeth like that model advertising your favorite toothpaste which somehow became your favorite only because of her. Or even the fact that oral hygiene can’t be maintained well just by visits to the dentist clinic. Oh, and also, sorry to burst your bubble but you can’t achieve it by all those lined up fancy products you’re scammed into buying. So, how ? Read on,  Dr. Zhang Minguan, a specialist dental surgery from the University of Hong Kong in Implant Dentistry explains the basics to healthy teeth.

Step one to being a good little kid or rather having good teeth: Brushing twice

Of course, the very moment, you read this, skipping to the next step would be almost an involuntary reflex. It’s probably the most used phrase in a dentist’s clinic yet the advice isn’t overrated at all. It is more than important to brush your yellow crumb filled teeth and rinse that nasty, stinky mouth. It’s no secret that the general recommendation is to brush at least twice a day since the morning and the night are the times our teeth are most vulnerable to harmful bacteria due to our daily habits and routines. However, even after multiple reminders, many of us continue to neglect brushing our teeth at night. But brushing before bed gets rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate throughout the day.

Don’t brush like it’s the end of the world 

One hour before the visit to your dentist’s clinic, and you get to brushing those teeth like washing dishes or scrubbing. It’s almost as if your life depends on it, and honestly, it does. But still, that isn’t the way to go about it. The way you brush is equally important — in fact, doing a poor job of brushing your teeth is almost as bad as not brushing at all. Take your time, go easy, move the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque. Unmoved plaque can harden, leading to calculus buildup and gingivitis (early gum disease). And you know that all these infections sound scary, we don’t need to tell you. So take the advice, and brush them teeth well.

Don’t miss the tongue 

Ah yes, another  important step to maintaining perfect oral hygiene is to take care of your tongue as well.  While most people don’t understand this, it’s important to realize and remember that plaque can also build up on your tongue. Not only can this lead to bad mouth odor, but it can lead to other oral health problems. Gently brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth. It’s also a  good idea to get yourself a tongue cleaner. It’s not expensive at all, and is essential to have a good oral hygiene.

Look for a fluoride-containing toothpaste

When it comes to toothpaste, there are more vital components to look for than just whitening powers and flavors, especially that bubble gum tasting one, grow up. But of course, no judgment, it doesn’t really matter which version you choose, just make sure it contains fluoride.

While fluoride has come under inspection by those apprehensive about how it affects other areas of health, this substance remains a core in oral health. And, that, is because fluoride is the key to principal resistance against tooth decay. It  not only works by fighting germs that may lead to decay, but providing a protective barrier for your teeth as well.

Floss and do it well (No, not the dance)

Many, who actually brush teeth regularly, disappointingly neglect to floss. Flossing is not just for getting those little pieces of Chinese food or broccoli that may be getting stuck in between your teeth. It’s an extremely effective way to stimulate the gums, reduce plaque, and help lower inflammation in the area. Flossing once a day is usually enough to reap these benefits.