Your teeth function to cut food and serve as the first part of digestion. They also enable you to speak normally and without difficulty. Another function of teeth is to make you look good. Each time you open your mouth to speak or smile, your teeth show and how good you look depends on how good your teeth are. They serve to keep your face looking youthful too; without teeth, your face sags down and inward, making you look older. Without teeth, your jawbones become smaller and weaker.
These are some of the major functions of teeth, and losing any of them is not something you would consider a good experience. To take care of your teeth and keep them for life, do this:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush in circular motions. Use a brush with a small head so you can reach all your teeth easily. Choose fluoride toothpaste.
- Use dental floss at least once a day. Many people cannot seem to get into flossing, but it’s actually a very important part of your dental hygiene. Toothbrushes cannot remove every bit of stuck food in your mouth. What’s stuck deep between your teeth, floss can dislodge.
- Gargle with an antiseptic mouthwash like Listerine. It kills the germs that are left in your mouth after brushing and flossing and it can help keep your gums healthy.
- Visit your dentist every six months to get your teeth deep-cleaned. No matter how strictly you follow a brushing and flossing regimen, some plaque may remain. Only your dentist can remove it.
If you lose one, a few or even all of your teeth, you should see your dentist about it. They may recommend solutions like dentures or dental implants. A measurement of your dental structure will be made. At a laboratory, dental technicians will fashion the dentures or implants that will fit your mouth perfectly, as if they’re your original teeth.
Even if you’re missing only one tooth, it still pays to have a replacement to prevent movement of your remaining teeth and weakening of the jawbone. Follow this advice to keep your mouth healthy.