The teeth (also known as dentition or dental set) are used for biting and chewing food. They work together with the tongue and saliva to help break down food so that it can be more easily swallowed and digested. It is essential to take good care of them.
So, here are some tips to help you:
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day helps remove food particles and plaque. Consider brushing your teeth after each meal, but at a minimum, try to brush after breakfast and dinner. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush for the best results.
Flossing helps remove plaque and bacteria from between your teeth. When you don’t floss, plaque and bacteria can build up in hard to reach places. Over time, this may lead to gum disease. Gum disease leads to gum recession, which can make your teeth look longer.
A healthy diet promotes good oral health. Plaque is more likely to build up on teeth that are frequently exposed to sugary and starchy foods. You can avoid this buildup by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly.
Avoid foods that are likely to get stuck in your teeth. This includes foods with caramel and taffy. Sticky candies, such as taffy, can stick to the teeth, making them difficult to brush away. Over time, this can lead to the development of cavities.
Seeing your dentist regularly (about every 6 months) can help catch any problems early before they become big concerns. Your dentist can spot signs of developing cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer and help you take steps to treat them before they become a big problem.
A mouthguard can protect you from teeth being broken or knocked out during sports.
It’s best to use a mouthguard that fits properly over your teeth. It shouldn’t restrict your breathing or speaking. It should also be comfortable enough for you to wear when playing sports.
Tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and snuff, are highly addictive and contain harmful chemicals that can harm your oral health.
If you currently use tobacco products, try to quit.
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