Looking after your teeth is without question something you must do in order to maintain good oral health. Such a fact can be rather obvious, but something that may be less evident and that many people do not seem to realize is that it can also enable you to lead a healthier lifestyle and, generally speaking, improve your overall health. This is why taking care of your oral hygiene should be non-negotiable. Unfortunately, knowing how to do so successfully may not be as obvious or simple as it may appear, and it is for this reason that we have provided you with some of the most useful tips for maintaining good oral health. By following these suggestions, you can rest assured that your mouth will look, feel and be its absolute best.
1) Brush those teeth
We all know the importance of this, but yet, some of us still don’t put this practice at the top of our priority list. If this sounds like you, just remind yourself that the mouth is one of the regions of the body that develops the most amount of bacteria. So to avoid having icky, yucky stuff breeding in your mouth, be sure to brush at least twice daily. Trust us, your mouth will thank you for it. When you are brushing, be sure not only to concentrate on the surface of your teeth but also all around the mouth. In other words, pay close attention to those nooks and crannies where foods love to dwell as well as in between your teeth!
2) Don’t forget to floss
After a long day on the job, when its relaxation or bedtime, the last thing all of us want to be doing is adding more things to our ‘To Do List’. But flossing, although it may seem to many like something that just doesn’t appear to being all that important, is absolutely necessary. Why? It clears your mouth from all those little bits of food that tend to get stuck in between your teeth and prevent you from developing cavities in these areas. So next time you kick back on the couch to watch your favourite T.V. Series in the evening, be sure to keep your floss nearby so you can give yourself a good cleaning during the commercial breaks.
3) Steer clear of tobacco products
When smoking is concerned, it should come as no real surprise that the list of its damaging effects on your oral hygiene is long. Let’s just get right down to the nitty-gritty of it: the smoke allows an increased amount of bacteria to form in your mouth which effects the tissues and jaw bones. This, as a result, can cause your teeth to eventually fall out. Also, the nicotine and tar in the cigarettes stain the teeth and chew away at the gums and it can cause mouth cancer. So basically the big picture is simple: smoking and oral hygiene just don’t mix.
4) Drop in for regular check-ups
Visit your dentist for a professional cleaning and a check-up once every 6 months. This will allow you to keep track of your dental health and nip any problems you may be experiencing in the bud so they do not develop into serious dental issues. This fact is especially true for those of you that have dental implants. Keep your check-ups regular so that your dental implants can be monitored, remain in the best conditions possible and reduce the risk of causing dental complications.
5) Keep that mouth wash handy
Using mouth wash after brushing will allow you to clear away those little particles of food that the toothbrush just can’t seem to access. It is especially useful for cleaning in between your teeth. And, the bonus part is, it will also leave you feeling minty fresh so you feel confident every time you’re about to pucker up.
6) Stock-up on vitamins
Taking vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, iron supplements and calcium supplements can help with an array of oral functions such as produce more saliva, repair connective tissues, reduce tongue inflammation and many more! Speak to your local pharmacist to see which vitamins can help you maintain good oral health.
7) Keep your tongue happy
Tons of bacteria can develop on your tongue and stay there if you don’t brush it along with your teeth. And such bacteria, as we mentioned before, can damage the tissues and jaw bones in your mouth. So be sure to treat that tongue to a scrub after you’ve finished with your teeth.
8) Hydrate with H2O
It is a commonly known fact that drinking water regularly is necessary for our survival, but did you know that it can also help people maintain good oral health? Here’s why: when the mouth does not produce enough saliva and becomes dry, it can harm your teeth. The reason for this is because saliva is necessary for flushing out food particles or damaging substances, such as sugar, from in between your teeth. This will allow your mouth to remain clean and therefore, reduce the chances of developing cavities. So, when you find yourself in circumstances where you are particularly dehydrated, such as when you are doing physical exercise or when you have a cold/flu, be sure to drink plenty of water in order to keep your mouth clean and free of potential residue so to avoid developing cavities.
9) Say bye bye to sugar
I’m sure you’ve heard it plenty of times before, and let us just remind you of this fact again: consuming an excess amount of sugar will damage your teeth and lead to cavities and other dental complications. So control that sweet tooth and reduce the sugar intake.
10) Have a yummy but healthy diet
Eating good, healthy foods are all around beneficial. And this fact is also true when it comes to your teeth. Green, crisp and fiber-filled foods are ideal because their tough textures can help clean your teeth and allow you to produce saliva which helps to flush out bacteria.
Many things could be done in order to help you maintain good oral health, and the above suggestions are some of the best tricks of the trade. And in addition to following these tips, be sure to speak with your dentist or oral care professional to discover other solutions that will help you keep your mouth healthy and strong.