Personal Dental Care:Brush Your Plaque Away
The primary aim of personal
dental care is to prevent cavities from forming in the
teeth. In order for you to prevent cavities and
maintain a healthy set of teeth, you need to remove
plaque, a transparent layer of bacteria that stays on
the surface of your teeth.
Some effective ways to prevent plaque from forming is
to brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at
least once a day. Brushing your teeth will help
stimulate your gums and in turn keep them healthy and
less susceptible to gum diseases.
Choose The Right Toothpaste Toothpastes are typically
made of detergents, abrasives and foaming agents. The
most common active ingredient in toothpaste is
fluoride. Fluoride is the component of the toothpaste
that is responsible for preventing cavities from
When choosing what toothpaste to buy, make sure that
it has a great amount of fluoride to keep your mouth
cavity-free. Studies say that 1 out of 10 people has a
tendency to accumulate tartar rapidly. What is tartar?
It is actually plaque that is difficult to remove and
damaging because it is already in hardened form.
There are anti-tartar toothpastes and mouthwashes
available in the market today which can help prevent
tartar formation. Another great tip for preventing the
formation of tartar is brushing the teeth located near
the salivary glands.
For individuals that seem to have teeth which are
sensitive to pressure, cold and heat, there are
toothpastes specially made for sensitive teeth.
However, a visit to the dentist may be most
appropriate so that the dentist can assess whether the
sensitivity of the teeth may lead to a serious problem
such as nerve inflammation or severe cavity.
Learn How To Floss Although brushing is considered to
be the most important part in the personal dental care
routine, it doesn’t actually have the ability to
remove the plaque and food particles between the
teeth, under the gum line or within braces.
A dental floss is the weapon to get rid of the
abovementioned teeth and mouth “pests”. Flossing can
be done at least once a day.
There are actually different kinds of flosses and
these depend on the space that a person has in between
his or her teeth. Most dentists would usually suggest
unwaxed floss because it is easier to glide through
However, recent studies have discovered that there is
actually no significant difference in the
effectiveness among the different kinds of dental
flosses. When flossing your teeth, you should be very
careful so that you can avoid injuring your gums.
Remember, gums are very sensitive and they can bleed
easily. Never force the floss under the gums; just
curve the floss around the edge of your tooth and form
a letter “c” then glide the floss up and down the side
of each tooth. Do not forget to floss the back sides
of your teeth as well.
All in all, maintaining your very own personal dental
care routine can be easy, as long as you have enough
willingness and determination to achieve a great set
of pearly whites.
If you are one of the many people who don’t really
give much attention to your teeth, don’t wait until
you experience awful dental-related problems such as
toothache, bad breath(halitosis) or bleeding gums.