Every girl needs to know the rules of basic oral health. Among all of the different health and beauty concerns that we have to deal with and confront as we are growing up, oral health is one of the most important. You only get one set of natural adult teeth in your lifetime, and if you don’t take good enough care of them, you are destined for a world of pain and a world of visits to the dentist to pay for expensive treatments for the rest of your life! Teaching children how to take care of their mouths and their teeth is one of the most important lessons outside of school to master, and you would be amazed by how many adults still don’t follow basic health instructions. Just to refresh your mind (and your mouth), here are the rules of basic oral health.
1. Brush Twice a Day
Probably the most important of the the rules of basic oral health is to brush twice a day. Each time you do this, you should be aiming to be brushing for a minimum of two minutes. If you rush the process, then you will end up missing entire sections of teeth.
2. Quality Toothbrush
Don’t scrounge when it comes to buying a toothbrush, it is one of the most important items in your house, healthwise. Think about investing in an electric toothbrush. The vibrations that they emit are so much better for battling plaque buildup than a traditional, old-fashioned brush.
3. Hold at an Angle
When brushing, it is important to hold your toothbrush at a slight angle, and to brush with short up and down motions on both the inside and the outside of your teeth. Also, don’t forget that you should also be brushing your tongue as part of the process!
4. Fluoride Toothpaste
You need to be looking for a toothpaste that has fluoride as its main ingredient, preferably one that does not contain sulphate. Sulphate can lead to a drying out of the mouth, which can cause unwanted bad breath.
Flossing is an essential part of the teeth cleaning process because it gets in to all of the little crevices and gaps that a toothbrush cannot. If any food is caught between your teeth, it raises the risk of a cavity, so flossing is a simple way to get rid of this risk.
6. Regular Dentist Visits
Too many people stay away from the dentist until they start to feel pain, but the best thing to do is stick to a regular appointment schedule so that your dentist can catch potential problems in their earliest stages so that you don't have to worry about losing a tooth or having to have expensive and painful treatments.