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How to Care for your Teeth and Gums Properly

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Care for your Teeth and Gums Properly

Dental health is an issue that has a significant impact on our overall wellbeing. And though some may think it's just an aesthetic issue, having a healthy mouth and teeth provides many benefits to our health. But do you know how to care for your teeth and gums properly? If you think that brushing is the only way to keep your teeth healthy, will explain everything that you should consider in your dental hygiene.

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Steps to follow:


Since we were small we are taught that brushing is the best way to take care of our teeth. Certainly brushing your teeth correctly is essential to keeping them healthy and preventing the formation of tartar, plaque or cavities, especially if you have sensitive teeth.

You should brush your teeth after every meal. Try not to wait too long between eating and brushing, this way you will avoid the formation of bacteria that causes bad breath. Furthermore you'll prevent some foods such as coffee or tea from staining your teeth.

How to Care for your Teeth and Gums Properly - Step 1

But caring for your teeth doesn't only depend on brushing them. Using dental floss is critical, because often small portions of food are trapped between our teeth, increasing susceptibility to cavities. A toothbrush is not always capable of effectively cleaning between our teeth and under the gums, this is a job that only flossing can do. Flossing also reduces the chance that you will have bad breath and will improve dental hygiene.

How to Care for your Teeth and Gums Properly - Step 2

It is very important to carefully choose the kinds of products we use to take care of our teeth. Currently there are many types of toothpastes and mouthwashes on the market, however those enriched with fluorine are the best to care for your teeth, because this mineral effectively prevents tooth decay and protects your teeth.


What you eat and drink affects your teeth. Wine, especially red wine, beverages such as coffee, tea, soft drinks, foods with dyes and tobacco gradually stain our teeth, eventually turning them yellow. It is important to brush your teeth when you consume these foods, this will reduce the chances that their ingredients affect your tooth enamel.

How to Care for your Teeth and Gums Properly - Step 4

Watch what you eat and consume plenty of fruits and vegetables, their vitamins and nutrients will help you keep your teeth healthy. Do not abuse sweets, pastries and sugar, and if you do remember to brush your teeth immediately, because sugar is one of the main causes of cavities.


If you want to care for your teeth do not expose them to unnecessary dangers. Although our teeth are hard, they can also split or crack, especially if we use them to open items or bite extremely hard things (wires, walnut shells, etc.)


Even following all these guidelines, there is something you should never ignore in caring for your teeth: visiting your dentist periodically. At least once a year you should receive a thorough and professional cleaning to remove plaque that has built up and not come out with brushing or flossing.

It is also important to be checked for cavities, gingivitis and other oral lesions that may affect our mouths.

By following these tips you can be certain that you'll have a beautiful, healthy smile.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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Anna Picket
At least I eat a lot of fruit and veggies, but I could probably do better about flossing. I think I pull on the floss too hard since I hit my gums they usually bleed a little. I'll have to ask my dentist what I can do to fix that.
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