You should always ensure that you and all your family maintain healthy teeth, and there are many good reasons why, and a lot to gain. Some of those reasons are; the ability to chew without problems, minimizing gum disease, avoiding toothaches, and maintaining an amazing and sparkling smile.
Keeping your teeth strong and healthy can be be done in many simple ways. Here are seven of those methods:
( 1 ) MINIMIZE OR ELIMINATE FOODS/THAT ARE SUGARY
Tooth decay is caused when the production of acids known to cause harm by eroding the enamel are present. This is a result of the sugary foods/drinks that you consume being broken down by your mouth bacteria. Artificially sweetened fruit drinks and soft drinks can en danger your oral health, if consumed over a long period of time.
( 2 ) GOOD NUTRITION
It is very important that you eat plenty of grains, nuts, dairy, vegetables, and fruit, in addition to definitely avoiding or reducing sugary “foods”. Not only do these food classes tend to reduce inflammation of the gums, but they also known to make your teeth stronger by strengthening your body with the proper nutrition.
( 3 ) GET DENTAL CHECKUPS PERIODICALLY
It is still important to schedule regular, bi-annual dental checkups, even if you are maintaining good oral hygiene. That would need to be increased to three or four times a year, if you are already experiencing dental problems, as it will minimize the chance of tooth decay, and help reduce the buildup of plaque.
( 4 ) RINSE YOUR MOUTH PROPERLY AFTER EVERY MEAL
It is very important that you rinse your mouth after every meal, aside from the daily practice of brushing your teeth at least twice a day. You can use a rinse that is antibacterial, if possible, because this helps in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease issues. You can rinse away any germs that are still lurking around in your mouth, neutralize acids, and also further increase your regular saliva flow, on the other hand, by chewing some sugar-free gum.
( 5 ) ALWAYS FLOSS WHEN YOU BRUSH
Make sure to brush your teeth at least two times every day, especially at night before going to sleep, and also in the mornings after eating, as this strengthens your teeth further. Taking the time to floss after each brushing is also very important, because it is the best way of making sure to get any after brushing food particles that might be left behind.
( 6 ) CHANGE YOUR TOOTHBRUSH PERIODICALLY
The purpose for which a toothbrush is used…keeping the plaque from building up around your teeth, and removing food particles…will not be possible if your toothbrush is too crumpled up and soft. Make certain to change your toothbrush at least once every four months, in order to keep this from happening.
( 7 ) ALWAYS USE ENOUGH FLUORIDE
The main reason for the inclusion of fluoride in most mouth rinses and toothpastes, is that it strengthens tooth enamel, and therefore significantly reduces tooth decay possibilities. Only in the event of severe loss of minerals from your teeth (demineralization) should you opt to have fluoride applications applied directly to your teeth. Fluoride should always be used sparingly with children.
A good ol’ dose of common sense comes in real handy, right alongside these seven strategies, when it comes to ensuring that your teeth remain strong and healthy throughout your life. You should always avoid using your teeth for cracking nuts, as a substitute can-opener, or for anything other than chewing or biting food. Otherwise, you might end up breaking or chipping your teeth!