Everyday Oral Health from Home

Bacteria can be the bane of your existence if you care about dental health, and you should. Not only can it cause teeth discoloration, but it could also cause periodontal disease. Avoid these catastrophic effects by knowing how to take good care of your oral health from home.

Toothpaste 101

You probably know that brushing is the best way to combat bacteria, but there are subtleties that determine how well you brush your teeth. The type of toothpaste you use, for example, affects how well you clean your teeth. Whitening toothpastes are ideal in that they contain mild abrasives that help polish teeth. However, if stains on your teeth have been on there for a while, you’ll need a gel or paste containing a modified silicone abrasive. To battle bacteria, choose a toothpaste that has minimal fluoride. This solution helps protect the teeth from cavity-causing acids.

Choosing the Right Toothbrush

The type of toothbrush you use also matters. Start with size; it should be able to conveniently reach all surfaces of your teeth. Larger toothbrush heads are available to ensure every inch of your teeth is cleaned. Bristle variety is another factor to consider. The choices include soft, medium, and hard. Out of these types, most dentists and people prefer soft bristles because they are safer for teeth in that they don’t do damage to tooth enamel.

These are just some guidelines that can get you on the road to healthier teeth. If something is actually severely wrong with your teeth, such as dramatic teeth discoloration, then you’ll need to seek help from a Colorado Springs dentist.


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