Your teeth is one of the first things people notice about you when they see you. This is why it is important they are in the best condition possible. In this article, you will be provided with dental care tips that will have your teeth looking the best they ever have.
See your dentist at least once a year. A dentist can catch problems that you may not notice, and can x-ray your teeth to catch any cavities early. Your dentist can also recommend toothpastes and mouthwashes that you can use to care for your mouth while you are at home, too.
How much time do you spend on brushing your teeth? If you want to brush your teeth efficiently, you will have to spend some time on each tooth so you can brush both sides as well as the space in between teeth. Use an egg-timer if you want to make sure you spend enough time on brushing your teeth.
Brush your teeth twice a day to prevent tooth decay. When you brush, make sure to massage the gums with your toothbrush and to keep brushing for at least two minutes. Dentists recommend two minutes as a minimum amount of time to brush if you want health teeth and gums.
Don't ever chew on ice. This can cause cracking in your teeth, allowing bacteria to get in and produce cavities. You need to be careful when chewing anything hard, like popcorn kernels or various nuts. You should go to your dentist right away if you believe a tooth is cracked.
Take care of your toothbrush. After you finish cleaning your teeth, make sure you clean your toothbrush, too. Simply wash it off with water and place it in a toothbrush holder so that it is standing up. Putting your toothbrush in a case is not advisable, because bacteria is more likely to grow that way.
Make sure you spend a full two or three minutes brushing your teeth twice daily. To help you keep brushing, there are a couple of tricks you can use. You can buy an electronic toothbrush with a timer. Play a song that is 2 or 3 minutes long while you brush.
Use a lot of floss. Approximately 20 inches is a good length to floss your entire mouth. Also, twist floss around two fingers. There needs to be close to an inch of floss so you're able to clean each tooth separately.
Your mouth is full of both good and bad bacteria. To help destroy the bad bacteria in your mouth brush your teeth using a fluoride toothpaste several times a day. Ask your dentist for his recommendation of the toothpaste that will work best to protect your teeth from bacteria.
When you buy a tube of toothpaste, read the label. The toothpaste for you should definitely contain a good amount of fluoride. Abrasive agents will probably also be included to help whiten your teeth. If you have problems, try a different toothpaste.
If you suffer from bad breath, there may be an underlying medical condition. To ensure that your bad breath is not from an underlying medical condition visit your dentist and primary care physician. If after finding you have no underlying medical conditions you still have bad breath, consider using a mouthwash after brushing and using breath mints or chewing gum in between brushing your teeth.
As the beginning of this article mentioned, people will see your teeth first when seeing you for the first time. You want to make sure they look their best in order to give off a positive impression. Use the tips above and you will see your teeth looking better than you ever thought possible!