6 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Healthy
Your oral health is very important. Teeth help us chew and digest food, help us talk, and also give our face shape. Taking good care of your mouth can help prevent future problems.
Here are 6 simple you can start today to make a positive difference to your smile:
Many people brush regularly but neglect flossing. Treat flossing as important as brushing. Floss at least once a day. This helps remove plaque and food where a toothbrush can’t reach. It doesn’t matter when you floss, just make sure you do it.
2. Regular dental cleanings
It is important to see your dentist at least twice a year for teeth cleanings. At minimum, you should see your dentist twice a year or once every 6 months. Even the most dutiful brushers and flossers need regular teeth cleanings and checkups.
3. Brush twice a day
Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brushing your teeth helps remove food and plaque from your teeth and in between your teeth and gums.The way your brush is equally important as the daily frequency. Take your time moving the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions. Don’t forget to scrub your tongue. It can harbor bacteria too.
Many people skip using mouthwash. It may seem redundant but using mouthwash is important as well. It helps reduce the amount of acid in the mouth, cleans areas floss and toothbrush can’t reach, helps keep fresh breath, and some even remineralize the teeth. When looking for mouthwash, look for the ADA seal to make sure you are buying a mouthwash that is deemed safe and effective.
5.Eat the right foods
Your diet plays a huge part in your oral health.A healthy diet is important to your oral health and overall health. Make sure your diet contains fresh crunchy produce for more healthy fiber, foods with calcium, nuts for vitamins and minerals. Avoid drinking sugary drinks. Sugar fuels bacteria and acidity in your mouth, causing plaque to form and cause tooth decay. Also make sure to drink water. Not just for hydration purposes, drinking water can help wash out some of the negative effects of sticky and acidic food and beverages.
6. Quit smoking
The nicotine and tar from cigarettes will eat away at your gums and turn your teeth to an unappealing shade of yellow. Smoking creates an environment for bacteria and plaque to grow along your gum line and on your teeth, increasing your risk of tooth loss. Even worse, tobacco chemicals can lead to oral cancer.
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