In a world full of extensive beauty routines and fitness tips, sometimes the basics can get left behind. We’re all taught how to workout, how to contour and how to get that perfect brow, but pay little thought to the preservation of some of our best assets. Most people say good teeth are the number one thing they look for in a potential romantic partner. So, it’s clearly important to keep those pearly whites looking their best. Add on the fact that proper dental care is an important aspect of personal hygiene and there’s never been a better time to update your dental care regime.
Even for the most lacking of dental care regimes, most people brush their teeth at the very least. During the olden days, before toothbrushes existed, people would use bits of cloth and water to clean their teeth with. Some accounts also exist of people rubbing salt on their teeth to try and scrape away grime. Doesn’t sound too appealing now, but it shows that good dental hygiene has been part of our society for many years.
It is advised that you brush your teeth for around two minutes, both in the morning and at night. Many dental professionals also recommend brushing your tongue, as this is where a lot of bacteria gathers. Manual brushes make up the majority of toothbrushes in the common bathroom, but more and more people are now switching to electric ones. Electric toothbrushes claim to provide a more thorough clean than a standard manual brush.
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You’ve probably lost count of the times your dentist has asked you whether you floss or not, and you’ve had to say no again shyly. But research has shown that they are right, and it’s hugely beneficial to your dental health to start flossing. Flossing targets the buildup of plaque, which is a common cause of gum disease.
Plaque is primarily made of bacteria, which can irritate your gums if it comes into contact with them. Don’t be alarmed if your gums bleed on your first few attempts of flossing – this is just a natural reaction until your gums get used to it. If bleeding persists, however, make sure you speak to your dentist. Many people find the dental tape, which is thicker than floss, a good alternative to floss if they have had problems with it in the past.
Mouthwash has become a staple in many people’s bathroom cupboards over recent years. It comes in many different forms, from prescribed mouthwashes from your dentist to over the counter store bought ones. Many types of mouthwash used to contain alcohol, and some still do. But there are plenty of alcohol-free options available on the market these days.
Using mouthwash as the final step in your dental care routine can help keep your mouth both health and fresh. If you choose a mouthwash that contains fluoride, you can significantly reduce the chances of you getting a cavity. Other benefits of mouthwash include preventing plaque buildup and freshening the breath.
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Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.