Now this article will help you by giving you all the advice that you need to ensure that you maintain your oral health after your braces have come off, so that ultimately you can have a smile that will totally dazzle people!
The first and probably the most important step you’re going to take is to make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day using some kind of fluoride toothpaste. This will ensure that your teeth remain clean and healthy for your whole lifetime.
You must clean your teeth properly to remove all the plaque that will be there. Plaque is basically a layer of bacteria that forms over your teeth if you don’t brush them properly and can result in you suffering from gum disease and tooth decay.
Brushing your teeth on a regular basis is going to ensure that you avoid plaque being built up. However this doesn’t mean that you just put a little toothpaste in your mouth for a few seconds… ideally you need to make sure that you take the time to actually go in all areas of your mouth to remove all the food that may be stuck between your teeth!
Is There An Optimal Time To Brush My Teeth?
You should ideally brush your teeth for about 2-3 minutes every morning upon waking up and as the last thing you do before you go to bed!
You will not want to brush your teeth right after you consume a meal as it can do more harm than good because of the acidic content of a lot of foods that you eat such as fizzy drinks and fruit.
This happens because the tooth enamel is softened by the acid in your food and if you brush your teeth then you will literally be brushing away your enamel which is definitely not a great idea! Rather you’re going to want to wait for about an hour after your meal to give your saliva enough time to actually neutralize the acid that’s present.
What is the Best Type of Toothbrush?
Honestly, it really doesn’t matter whether you use an electric or manual toothbrush. The most important thing is that whatever type of brush you use that you use it to properly clean out your teeth. Choose the brush that you prefer.
What Qualities Should I Be Looking for in a Toothbrush?
Again a normal manual toothbrush that you find in most stores is fine for adults but when it comes to an electric toothbrush then it will be recommended to get one with an oscillating or rotating head. If you’re a little confused then be sure to ask your dentist for some guidance.
What Kind of Toothpaste is Best To Use?
The ingredients you’ll find in a lot of the popular toothpastes are there to help remove plaque from your teeth, which will over the long run ensure that your teeth remain healthy and strong.
You will literally find that all toothpastes contain fluoride which actually help to prevent and control cavities. But keep in mind that you are going to want to go for a toothpaste that has the right amount of fluoride in them…
> For kids up to the age of 3 use a smear size amount of toothpaste.
> For kids from the age of 3 – 6 use a pea size amount of toothpaste
> Adults can use toothpaste that covers the whole brush.
What’s the Optimal Way To Brush Your Teeth?
Different people have different advice when it comes to how you should brush your teeth but the British Dental Health Foundation give the following instructions…
1. Put the head of the toothbrush on your teeth and then begin by brushing in small circular motions, ensuring that you go over every tooth in your mouth.
2. Make sure that you cover every tooth from a variety of different angles to ensure that you remove all the plaque that is present.
3. Take the time to actually brush your tongue because it will help to freshen your breath as you’ll be removing the bacteria that is on it.
Here’s a little known fact… flossing not only helps to reach hard to get to places between your teeth to remove food that may be stuck there, but it also helps to radically reduce gum disease and bad breath by actually getting rid of the plaque that forms around your gum lines.
1. Take about 18 inches of floss and hold it so that you have a good 2-3 inches of floss to use between your teeth.
Place the floss between each of the teeth in your mouth moving it about in different ways to dislodge food and plaque that may be stuck there.
Make sure that you take the time to floss at least once a day, ideally before you retire for sleep.
You are going to want to totally avoid using toothpicks because this could lead to you damaging to your gums which can ultimately lead to you getting an infection.
Is Mouthwash recommended?
Yup, you should definitely get your hands on some mouthwash that contains fluoride in it, as this is going to help prevent tooth decay and help to get rid of any bacteria that may be running amok in your mouth that your toothbrush and floss might have missed out on.
Should I Get Some Plaque Disclosing Tablets?
The really wonderful thing about these tablets is that they will dye your teeth in either a red of blue color which will actually reveal the areas of your mouth you’re not cleaning properly.
Follow all the tips that I’ve shared in this article and you can be sure that you’ll be walking around with a gorgeous smile for a lifetime!