There is so much more to oral hygiene than going to the dentist for a regular check-up. There are a lot of quick and easy tips to build into your daily routine that can help keep your teeth beautiful and your mouth healthy. Here are just a few of them.
This first one is a no-brainer really. Brushing at least twice a day with a good toothbrush and quality toothpaste is the first and most important step in good oral hygiene. Brush either first thing in the morning and last thing at night or after every meal. The cleaner your teeth, the fresher your breath and the whiter your smile.
Dental floss takes a little practice to get right and a few days use it helps to stop bleeding gums, it is an investment in a healthy mouth. Even the most rigorous brushing regime cannot get between teeth so you have to floss to get your mouth totally clean. Get the floss between those beautiful teeth to remove food debris. Your mouth will thank you for it in the long run!
Brush your tongue
The surface of your tongue can carry more bacteria than the rest of your mouth put together. For a truly effective way to avoid bad breath and lower the chances of infection, brush your tongue with a tongue scraper or toothbrush. The scraper is more effective, but a toothbrush is certainly better than nothing.
Eat tooth-friendly foods
Apples are often referred to as ‘nature’s toothbrush’ because they are crisp and can help dislodge food debris from teeth. Adding them to your diet is a great way to keep your teeth looking beautiful. Other teeth-friendly foods include popcorn, raw carrot, and celery.
While not quite a tooth-friendly food, cheese is definitely beneficial to your oral health. It lowers the pH level of saliva, which in turn lowers the damage acidic plaque does to your teeth. Cheese is especially useful after a dessert as mouth bacteria thrives on sugar. Finish your meal with a piece of cheese for an extra benefit.
Drink black or green tea
Tea contains polyphenols that have a range of health benefits. One such benefit is the fact that polyphenols counteract mouth bacteria. These compounds suppress plaque accumulation, which helps keep your teeth looking great and your gums healthy. Drinking tea is good for you on many levels, so it is wise to include a few cups into your daily routine.
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Limit your sugar intake
As we mentioned earlier, bacteria in your mouth uses sugar as fuel. The more sugar you eat, the more numerous and active these bacteria are. We all like something sweet, so consider healthy options such as fruit or eat a piece of cheese afterwards.
Don’t avoid the warning signs
Finally, to maintain beautiful teeth and a healthy mouth, do not ignore any warning signs that appear. Bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, toothache, discoloration or discomfort can all indicate something is wrong. If these symptoms persist, visit your dentist for a check-up.