When it comes to dental hygiene, there are some of us, sadly, who, for one reason or another, don’t take good care of our teeth and gums. Whether it’s due to a mental illness like depression leading to lethargy and apathy or simply making a bad habit out of forgetting to brush, many of us could stand to do a lot better in this department. There’s even a nickname for bad oral hygiene in the south, “Mountain Dew mouth,” because of the excess consumption of soda and lack of oral hygiene contributing to an epidemic of serious dental problems. Therefore, it’s important to remind ourselves every once in awhile of the importance of dental hygiene, so here are some tips.
First and foremost, brush your teeth daily. While it’s said to brush your teeth after every meal, this is just flatout wrong. The acid content of most of our food can cause brushing after eating to actually be detrimental to the enamel on our teeth by rendering them more susceptible to erosion during brushing. Therefore, brushing before eating, or waiting at least half an hour after a meal to brush is ideal. Also, when we brush, we often brush too hard, so try softer strokes. And, don’t forget to lightly brush the gums and lightly scrape the tongue. Then, of course, there’s flossing and mouthwash. These two dental accessories are underrated, despite dentists and other oral hygiene professionals espousing their virtues regularly. Make sure to floss to get all of the excess food particles out from between your teeth and use mouthwash to ensure all of the loose debris makes it out of your mouth and is replaced by an all over clean. With these tips in mind, your oral hygiene will be the tops, and you’ll have a stunning look worthy of that Ulta Beauty haul you’ve been looking forward to.no comments