Even if you brush your teeth, floss, and rinse daily, it is still possible that your oral care routine is not enough. When you’re a transient, this can be especially difficult since getting help for your oral health isn’t always necessarily possible. One moment, you may have the best pearly whites in the world and the next, you are dealing with aggressive gingivitis. Here are some tips on how to best care for your teeth and how to keep an eye on your overall oral health.
- Brush at Least Twice a Day
This may seem like an obvious statement, but we all have moments where we become too busy or forget to brush our teeth for whatever reason. Make sure that you brush your teeth at least twice a day the proper way. Brush in small circular motions at a 45-degree angle aimed towards the gums in all sections of your mouth to prevent a buildup of plaque. If you forget or if you are somewhere where you are unable to brush your teeth, simply rinse your mouth with water to get most of the food particles out.
- Floss Once Daily
Flossing helps to get rid of the food particles that are trapped in the gum line and between teeth where your brush can’t reach. When it comes to flossing, you could choose to either floss with water, with loose string, or with floss picks. While the water flossing method is the most effective, water flossing tools are typically expensive. String floss is recommended for those who don’t want to break their budget but who still want to maintain good oral hygiene. If you have trouble using string floss, use floss picks instead but make sure that you wash the floss in between teeth to make sure that you are not carrying bacteria to other teeth when you are flossing.
- Use Mouthwash After Brushing and Flossing
Mouthwash works to make sure that your teeth are resistant to the types of acids that plaque produces. However, not all mouthwashes are beneficial to your oral health. Make sure that the mouthwash you are using contains fluoride to keep your teeth protected against plaque. There are also mouthwashes out there that contain hydrogen peroxide to destroy and prevent plaque from regrowing. If you choose to make a homemade mouthwash, be careful and know exactly what ingredients you are putting in so you don’t damage your teeth or your mouth.
- Get a Dentist Kit
You can get a dentistry kit at almost any drug store that is relatively cheap. A basic dentistry kit contains a mirror, a hook, a scraper for your molars, and a scraper for your teeth. You can add these types of tools to your oral hygiene routine to get rid of any plaque that may form when you forget to brush or floss. However, be careful when you are using these tools or else you can damage your gums and other parts of your mouth.
- Avoid Sugar, Smoking, and Other Vices
Smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and soda, and eating candy or sugary foods can all contribute to dental problems and may lead to you developing gingivitis or periodontal disease if you choose to do these things consistently. Once you develop periodontal disease and it is in its later stages, it is nearly impossible to recover from it. Make sure that you follow the tips listed above to keep your smile healthy and to prevent you from developing diseases that could result in bone loss, tooth loss, and gum problems.