Who doesn’t love flashing their pearly white teeth as they smile widely? You can usually tell that this person has recently visited the dentist, hence the shiny smile! Since we were children, our parents have stressed the importance of oral hygiene.
If we don’t follow their directions as adults, we can end up suffering from gum disease, heart issues, bone loss, and other forms of infections. Regular appointments with your family dentist who will keep you safe from such medical melodrama.
Remember that you have to go the extra mile and simply brushing your teeth will not be adequate. You may want to think about taking some additional measures which we are more than happy to share.
Know Thy Technique
We think we know how to brush our teeth, but there is no harm in reviewing the correct technique. Here goes: angle the bristles of your toothbrush at 45 degrees near your gum line. The surface of your tooth along with your gum line should be near the bristles.
Start by brushing the exterior area of your teeth using a back and forth, up-down motion and do not forget to be gentle! You do not want your precious gums to start bleeding. Give your tongue and the top of your mouth a good rub down as well to eliminate any bacteria that could create unwanted oral odour.
Do your best to brush your teeth twice a day as it will help prevent any acid that exists due to food consumption. If you are unable to engage in brushing twice a day, an effective alternative is to wash your mouth with water (gurgle well!) after every meal.
Doubling down on those mints and candies as a way to conceal cigarette breath? What if we told you there was another way? Simple, stop smoking or simply try to cut back. Tobacco usage can cause critical illnesses such as oral cancer and other periodontal problems. If you wish remain orally healthy, then it is imperative that you avoid all forms of tobacco.
Bye to Fizzy Drinks/Alcohol
Don’t stress, we are only kidding-to an extent. You do not have to completely sacrifice your love for soft drinks and alcohol but reducing its intake would greatly improve the status of your teeth. Yes, this is a highly recommended step despite the volume of phosphorous included in such drinks (including coffee).
Even though phosphorous may be a healthy mineral, too much exposure to it can create calcium deficiency in your body and could potentially lead to gum disease or tooth decay. If you want to protect those gorgeous pearly whites, then avoid drinks that contain food dye and corn syrup.
These give your teeth the appearance of being discoloured and dull. Switch that cup of coffee for a delicious glass of milk in the morning. Beverages such as milk make your teeth stronger and will help toughen your enamel. Water is also known as the nectar of the heavens as it keeps you hydrated for a longer time and will also give you lovely skin.
Flossing is a dental art that can remove any unwanted particles in those tiny corners of your teeth that are inaccessible to tooth brushes or cannot be washed away by mouthwash. For most effective results, try to do this at least once a day. As this takes time, see how you can fit this process into your routine. We suggest doing it before you call it a night and go to bed.
We know it tastes bitter, especially those mouthwash brands that come with Listerine. But this brand of mouthwash will be your best friend as it removes and kills any form of bacteria in your mouth. We believe in the power of this brand as other mouthwashes may not yield as fruitful results. Alongside awesome healthcare, you can enjoy good breath too.
Devour yoghurt guilt-free as it has plenty of calcium that is essential for your teeth and your bones. Other dairy products such as fortified orange juice and milk are great too for this very purpose! Of course, you also have calcium supplements (as per your age requirements) in case you are lactose-intolerant.
Vitamin D is great for preserving healthy teeth and gums whilst Vitamin B safeguards your teeth from bleeding or cracking. Other minerals such as zodiac, iodine, iron, potassium and copper are also necessary for you to consume to maintain your oral health.
Experiencing discomfort in your jawline or within your teeth? Make an appointment with your dentist immediately and do not prolong it. Prevention is better than cure!
Scrape Your Tongue
As strange as it sounds, you need to have a toothbrush that is capable of cleaning your tongue. A lot of toothrushes come with a ridged tooth-scraper on the back that serves this purpose. Even after brushing, it is possible that some bacteria remained on your tongue so be sure to scrape your tongue as well on an everyday basis. This will also give you awesome breath!
Change Your Brush
It is advised to change your tooth brush every three months as the bristles tend to depreciate over time. Not only that, they may not remain capable of giving you as effective a clean as they were at the beginning of their lifecycle. Also, make sure you clean the bristles of your toothbrush comprehensively. Wash it with water after every time you use it and let it dry naturally. We do not recommend covering them as that tends to give birth to bacteria.
Visit Your Dentist
We all dread visiting the dentist. However, it is essential to oral hygiene and your healthcare. Get comfortable on your dentist’s chair as it will save you from any serious harmful issues as an entire checkup is performed. Xrays will be taken that will highlight the current status of your teeth and mouth. If any treatment is required, you will be informed immediately and will be able to begin at once.