Is it time for you to see the dentist? Unfortunately, many of us are too embarrassed to go to the dentist because our teeth are in a really bad state. No matter how embarrassed you are, you must go see a dentist right away before your teeth get even worse. The job of the dentist is to help you fix any dental problems and chances are, he or she would have already seen stuff much worse. Ideally, you should be going to the dentist at least once a year for dental scaling. This is a very short process when the dentist uses special equipment to remove plaque from your teeth. If you still feel too embarrassed to visit the dentist, here are some steps you can take at home for the next few weeks so your teeth become a lot cleaner.
#1 Flossing with water
A lot of people underestimate the importance of flossing. If you have not been flossing or you have but with a dental pick, it’s time to change to a water pick. I have had a water pick for two years and it has made a profound difference to my teeth color. A water pick basically shoots out high-pressured streams of water from a pointer and it helps you get rid of all the food bits that are stuck deep within your teeth gaps. It is important for you to get rid of these food bits as bad bacteria feed off these remains. Click here to read about my experiences of using a Panasonic water pick. Since your teeth are probably in a really bad state, you should also add a bit of antiseptic mouthwash solution in the water tank so the cleaning effect is even greater. Use the water pick at least twice a day and you will no longer feel embarrassed to visit a dentist within a month.
#2 Watch what you eat
It’s time to make some sacrifices in your eating habits. Unless you absolutely have to, I highly suggest you stick with drinking water and avoid other beverages, especially carbonated soft drinks. You should also avoid any food that is likely to cause teeth plaques to form. Last but not least, you want to eat food that will strengthen both your teeth and gum. For example, food that is rich in calcium is great for the teeth. We recommend things such as cheese, milk, natural orange juice, and yogurt. For your gum, you want to eat food that is rich in antioxidants that suppress bacterial infections.
#3 Sugar-free gum
A lot of you won’t be able to brush and floss your teeth throughout the day. In that case, make sure you have a pack of sugar-free gum with you. One clinical study suggests that you can avoid tooth decay by chewing sugar-free gum for around twenty minutes after a meal. Be careful when you pick your gum. You want to pick ones that have additional benefits for your teeth. For example, gums that contain Xylitol can help you maintain a neutral pH level in your mouth. The less acidic your mouth is, the greater the chances of avoiding teeth diseases.
If you keep this up for the next week or two, you will definitely feel a lot more confident about your teeth. That said, you should try and visit the dentist as soon as possible and just accept that your teeth are in a bad state. The dentist is there to help you so you should make the most of professional help to ensure your teeth returns to a good state. There really isn’t a way back once your teeth starts to decay so start taking action now.