Tips For Your Dental Health
Dental health is a lifestyle worth upholding. It doesn’t cost much, just a couple of healthy lifestyles.
Tooth decay is generally painless, even though it damages the gum supporting the next tooth. Gum disease (gingivitis) will usually show itself as red, swollen etc. Many people are worried when they notice their gums are bleeding-so they brush more gently, or stop altogether. It is important that you continue to clean regularly and thoroughly if you are to fight dental diseases.
See the following tips on dental health to enlighten you more.
- Brushing regularly
There are other ways to achieve dental health, but brushing sits at the top. If you do not brush your teeth daily, other attempts at keeping a healthy teeth becomes fruitless. For instance, it is when one has brushed that he or she thinks of flossing-without which ones breathe will still stink. This first step ensures food particles stuck in our gums and teeth are eliminated with a clean breath to go with it.
There are two types of toothbrushes that you can use for brushing–the traditional one or the modern electric toothbrush.
- Floss daily
In order to thoroughly clean your mouth from food particles, particularly in between your teeth and gums, you must floss. This is because there are areas inside your mouth that cannot be reached and cleaned by brushing alone. Flossing daily is enough to observe good dental health.
- Healthy diet
Tooth decay happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth. Bacteria love to feed off leftover sugar that gets stuck in the crevices of your teeth. When they multiply, they lead to tooth decay or gum problems. When it comes to taking care of your oral health, include a lot of calcium-rich foods, such as dairy products, in your diet. Calcium is an element that is known to strengthen bones and teeth. You can also try chewing on citrus fruits that are rich in vitamin C, as this can boost the health of your gums.
- Drinking water often
The cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth love to eat sugar and produce acid that wears away the outer shell of our teeth (enamel). Many of these drinks also have added acids (citric acid phosphoric, etc.) to make them taste less sweet, but those acids also feast at your teeth. Water, however, cleans your mouth with every sip. It washes away leftover food and residue that cavity-causing bacteria are looking for. Again, according to American Dental Association (ADA), “saliva” is the mouth’s first defense against tooth decay. It washes away leftover food particles, making swallowing a lot easier. Also, water keeps teeth strong by supplying calcium, phosphate and fluoride. So when your saliva supply runs low, dry mouth may put you at risk for tooth decay. Drinking water can help cut your risk.
- Visit your dentist
You should visit your dentist at least twice a year to have a full hygiene treatment performed. Also at these appointments, a comprehensive exam is taken with x-rays to help detect and prevent future dental treatments from occurring.
- Change your brush often
After every 3 months your brush is due for replacement. Your dental team will be able to recommend a toothbrush suitable for you. However, adults should choose a small- to medium-sized brush head. This should have soft to medium ‘filaments’. The head should be small enough to reach into all parts of the mouth: especially the back of the mouth where it can be difficult to reach. Children need to use smaller brushes but with the same type of filaments. You can now buy more specialised toothbrushes. For instance, people with sensitive teeth can now use softer-bristled brushes. There are also smaller-headed toothbrushes for people with crooked or irregular teeth etc.
- Quit tobacco/smoking
Tobacco smoking is the practice of burning tobacco and inhaling the smoke. If you do this, it will be a big favour to your teeth. One, it will save you from oral cancer and dental complications. Two, it will save you from the countless ill effects caused by the agents used to mask the smell of tobacco. For example, if you smoke a cigarette, you may use candies, tea or coffee to mask the smoky breath and odour. This doubles the amount of damage caused.
There are a lot more oral health tips out there, but these seven are arguably the most important. Try implementing these tips and you will achieve perfect teeth in no time.