I had a scare a few years ago when I went in for a check up with my dentist Dr. Kami Hoss, I thought that my wisdom teeth were coming through and instead in turned out to be an abscess which was practically poking out of the side of my face. The truth was that I hadn’t been caring for my teeth well enough and I developed an infection underneath one of my molars. With some antibiotics and a lecture form the dentist, it all went away and I made sure that from that point, I would care for my teeth at all times. Remember that caring for your teeth is about much more than just the aesthetic look and failure to do so can also present health risks to you. If you want to know how to best look after your teeth, follow these simple tips.

Brushing

When it comes to brushing, you should be doing so at least twice a day, after meals. Try to get into a routine of brushing after breakfast and after your evening meal. Plaque and bacteria can build up during the day and food can easily get lodged in between teeth so you need to make sure that you are giving them a thoroughly good clean.

When it comes to how to brush, you should be using a small head which can reach all areas of the teeth and gums, use a circular motion and make sure that you are brushing the gum line as well as the teeth themselves. Try to spend at least two minutes brushing your teeth to ensue that they are properly cleaned.

Paste and Floss

When it comes to which toothpaste to use you should be looking for one with a high fluoride content as it is this kind of paste which strengthens the natural enamel of your teeth as well as fighting decay. Many people don’t enjoy doing it but flossing once per day is also very good for keeping the space in between your teeth clean. Make sure that when you floss you do so slowly so as not to cause any bleeding.

Sugars

You must try your best to avoid any sugary snacks and drinks as these can cause great problems with your teeth. When sugar passes through the mouth it attaches itself to your teeth, when this happens, the naturally occurring bacteria on your teeth begins to turn this sugar into acid which then causes the decay and the rotting of your teeth.

Protection

If you are doing anything such as a sporting activity which could pose a danger to you teeth then you should make sure that you are wearing a mouth guard or something which can protect the teeth from any impacts which could crack or break them. Equally you should avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food as opening bottles and packaging with your teeth can also put them in danger.