Dental Visit Anxiety
If sitting in the dentist’s chair makes you anxious, please bring a music player and headphones to your next appointment to encourage calmness. And because some people hold their breath when they are tense which ultimately increases their anxiety. So you should concentrate on breathing regularly. Most importantly, communicate with your dentist. They understand your fears and they always want to help you.
Floss First or Brush First?
Some experts say that the order of flossing and brushing does not matter. However, others have pointed out that flossing can first remove the food remaining between the teeth so that your teeth can be brushed more effectively. If you need to use dental floss, look for a dental floss holder in a pharmacy. When you need to brush your teeth, place the bristles at a 45-degree angle to the gum line, and then brush your teeth gently, moving back and forth to brush your teeth. Then, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash to remove residual plaque.
Go Easy With Toothpicks
If you don’t have dental floss, you can use a toothpick to remove food between your teeth, but keep it gentle. Pressing too hard can damage the gums, or even worse. Dental floss can help in removing food between teeth better than toothpicks and can eliminate bacteria that form there, thereby preventing the formation of dental plaque. Regular use of toothpicks to remove food remaining in a single area may indicate larger problems that require the attention of the dentist.
Replace Your Toothbrush
Over time, the bristles of the toothbrush will wear out, flatten, and fray. To make your smile brighter, replace the manual toothbrush every three or four months. For electric toothbrush heads, follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Say Cheese for White Teeth!
The casein and whey protein in cheese can help in maintaining the best condition of tooth enamel by reducing demineralization. An additional benefit: cheese also has an important tooth building calcium. Don’t forget to add vitamin D to your diet, which helps the body absorb calcium. Some foods rich in vitamin D include milk, egg yolks, and fish.
Stop Stains With Baking Soda
If your love for coffee, red wine, or other stained foods and beverages makes your pearly white teeth dull, then try brushing baking soda (just like toothpaste) on your teeth twice a month, and then rinse off to help brighten your smile. If soda ash and baking soda irritate your teeth or gums, you may want to try a toothpaste that contains baking soda or avoid it altogether.
Foods Can Stain or Brighten Teeth
It has been speculated that strawberries may have natural teeth whitening properties, but so far, it has not been confirmed. It is best to brush your teeth thoroughly after eating foods that can stain your teeth such as blueberries, coffee, and cigarettes. In order to minimize discoloration, brush your teeth and then chew apples, pears, carrots, or celery, all of which trigger the saliva that bathes your teeth, thereby keeping your teeth bright.