Having healthy teeth makes a huge difference in our quality of life. Unhealthy teeth are very stressful to deal with. They are painful and require expensive, nerve-wracking dental procedures. If teeth problems are left unattended to, they can be dangerous to your health. Infected teeth can cause blood poisoning, decay and even damage to facial bones. Proper care of your teeth should not be taken lightly. In order to maintain good oral health and hygiene, it is important to educate yourself on the advice of dentists and oral hygienists, as well as understand basic natural methods of caring for your teeth.
Dentists and oral hygienists recommend brushing after every meal, but not immediately after. The acid content in foods is abrasive to teeth, and it is important to let enough time for the normal pH balance in your mouth to return before brushing. A manual toothbrush is good, but an electric one is even better for proper brushing. The brush should move in circular motions around the teeth, gums, tongue and roof of the mouth. Next, careful flossing, between the teeth and around the front and back of them is imperative. Swishing with mouthwash at the end is recommended.
The above advice is the recommended manual care routine you should adopt for yourself. However, it is important that you have a basic understanding of the chemical properties of teeth and how they react to your diet. Teeth are made of calcium, bone, nerves and enamel. They require sufficient calcium and vitamin D to remain strong, as well as good hygiene. This means it is important to eat calcium rich foods, such as kale, broccoli and milk, to give teeth the nutrients they need. It is also important to moderate foods that strip teeth of enamel, such as alcohol, heavy citrus and vinegar, as well as foods that cause tooth decay and infection, such as white flower and sugar.
Here in British Columbia, an impressive selection of dentists and oral hygienists is available to you to help you meet your oral health goals. Whether you are in need of a Vancouver, Kelowna, Prince George or Penticton dentist, you will be pleased with dental options and professionalism found in British Columbia.