Most dentists recommend brushing your teeth at least twice daily, accompanied with flossing at least once a day. Dependent upon your daily dietary intake, it can often be a good idea to brush and floss your teeth more than twice daily.
When Consuming Food and Drink that Contains Sugar
When consuming both food and drinks that contain high levels of sugar, it is important to be mindful of maintaining good dental hygiene. Sugar forms a sticky layer that covers our teeth, creating the ideal breeding ground for germs and bad bacteria. When germs and bad bacteria are left to sit in the mouth for long periods of time, they attack the teeth and gums, leaving you prone to such health issues as gum disease and tooth decay. Preventative measures can be taken, when consuming food and drink that contain sugar, such as brushing and flossing your teeth immediately after eating. In many instances it is difficult to brush your teeth directly after consuming sugary foods, whether it be that you are in a public place or do not have the facilities available for you. In that case, chewing sugar-free gum is a good way to rid your mouth of bad bacteria and germs.
If you are a Smoker or use other Tobacco Products
The harmful chemicals in nicotine and tar leave bacteria throughout the whole mouth, covering teeth, gums, cheeks and the tongue. Bad bacteria and germs attack our teeth and gums and in many cases cause serious oral health issues including gum disease, tooth decay, bad breath and receding gums. Although professionals only recommend that people brush their teeth twice daily, smokers should consider brushing their teeth more frequently to prevent rapid tooth decay that’s the result of smoking cigarette.
Children and Dental Hygiene
For kids, maintaining good dental hygiene can seem like one of the most time consuming, tedious tasks that they face every day. Parents should ensure that their children are abiding by recommendations and brushing their teeth at least twice daily. Children’s tooth enamel is not fully matured and is easily worn down by bad bacteria and germs. Although these may only be their ‘baby teeth’, bad bacteria left in the mouth for long periods of time can have harmful effects not only to teeth, but also to gums. To prevent gum disease, it is important that children are taught to brush their teeth at least twice daily. Encouraging children to practice good dental hygiene from an early age will set them up with lifelong values for healthy well-being.
Remember that although professionals recommend that you brush your teeth twice daily and floss at least once a day, it may be in your best interest to increase the number of times you brush and floss depending on your dietary and social habits. Forming good habits from an early age, with children, is a great way to promote good dental hygiene.
Author Bio: Jim is one of the true experts in the Australian dental industry. He says that many people simply forget to routinely brush their teeth and it is essential in fighting tooth decay. Jim is currently busy writing his second book on oral health and plans to write more in the future.