I didn’t brush my teeth as a child and teen because I had energy issues and I struggled to actually do them; I still struggle to do it today.
I rarely floss because it seems like a lot of work for seemingly little gains.
I got plaque again after getting teeth cleaned some weeks ago. I guess my teeth is screwed…
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If you can get close to eliminating sugar and simple starches from your daily diet, that alone will prevent a lot of plaque build-up and even slow/prevent advancement of tooth decay (within reason… Please see a dentist and get tooth decay fixed before it destroys your quality of life).
Sugary foods include things like dried fruit. Simple starches include crackers and most bread (I find a crusty open-crumb sourdough to cause less plaque buildup than a fluffy yeast loaf, despite being basically the same ingredients.)
I don’t floss, but I brush once, sometimes twice a day.
My dentist says my teeth are in great health, and considering he’d get more money from me if he said they were bad and needed work I am inclined to believe him.
Don’t go to the dentist.
Keeping track of my brushing and flossing helped me become consistent. I use the Android application Loop Habit Tracker. It might also be helpful to designate a set time for brushing, say, right after waking up.
I was going to say literally the same. What a great app. Btw it’s better to brush after breakfast. (at least imho since if done before breakfast would taste like thootpaste ..)_
My usually breakfast is black coffee with cold oats in milk, which uh, doesn’t leave much room for a toothpaste flavor :) but yeah, brushing afterwards is typically nicer; I was just too inconsistent to make it work
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I brush my teeths after every meal and I try to not eat the enormous quantities of sugar that the food industry tries to shove in you.
I suggest you take a look at water flossers. Flossing, while a lot of work, is sometimes necessary when you’ve eaten something stringy that gets stuck between your teeth. Having it be stuck between your teeth for a day(s) will result in cavities and inflammation.
What do you mean by
lethargic or hyperactive? If is about lethargic you should address your mental health hard to improve your mood. If its hypeactive, the same advise but focus more on organization and priorities. Like others have suggested floss while doing other things like on the computer or watching TV. Use any tools that help you keep you productive like Calendar, Task apps and its reminders, alarms, Notes app and, use the widgets on the Phone HomeScreen.
On the oral hygiene topic I’ll say if you can, buy an electric tooth brush. You can buy a good one for less than $50 on ebay. I also notice that using a regular floss was tedious until I tried a better one like ‘Listerine Ultraclean Mint Floss’. Regarding Mouthwashs there a various types of it. Try which one you really like the most and that will help you use it more often.
Recently my dentist advised i get some special high floride toothpaste ($25 for 2 tubes from the dental office), which i am supposed to use once a day and leave on my teeth (spitting out the excess) instead of rinsing. I’m told the floride will be absorbed into the outer layer of my teeth, making it more resistant to bacteria. Maybe you could look into something like that.
regularly visit dentist, get my cavities treatment. It’s covered by govt/school so it really isnt expensive for me.
Grew up poor, no insurance so couldn’t go to the dentist.
Saw on Reddit to get an electric toothbrush so I got one when I was younger. Brush twice a day with it. Never got cavities with 5 years of no dentist.
Now I also floss once a day, tongue scrape once a day, mouth wash once a day.
If you do any one thing, buy an electric toothbrush.
Flossing is really important. It’s hard to comprehend the gains but since bacteria grow exponentially, removing the small amount between your teeth has outsized benefits.
I bought a water jet for flossing purposes, it’s a lot easier and cleaner than dental floss
My parents have one and it’s pretty nice. I want to get one for me too.
I brush my teeth twice a day
Are you able to brush your teeth twice a day every day?
maybe neutralize the acidity frequently by swishing baking soda.
hydrogen peroxide is another good mouthwash.
edit: do not brush directly after eating acidic food.
AFAIK you can have plaques many times that doesn’t mean your teeth are fucked.
Now this is my technique to do it as often as I can and not procrastinate it. I eat while watching some film or TV show, or whatever, so I generally finish eating before whatever it is I’m watching finishes, so once it ends, (I always leave the floss on my PC’s desk, so it’s near and it’s not an excuse to not do it) I floss while watching, then I brush my teeth while watching, and then I wash. It has improved my dental health by like a 50%.
Sources? I would like that to be true.
I mean, I’ve had plaques many times and I just go to the dentist and they put a drill like tool on them and it’s gone.
Do you mean tartar? Plaque is a clear biofilm of microorganisms. Tartar is hardened plaque presenting as a yellow or brown deposit of calcium which further encourages bacterial proliferation.
I was thinking of plaque; I never got tartar.