We need to take great care of our teeth. As my mother used to say “You should only brush the teeth you want to keep”. The healthier your teeth are, the fewer problems you’re likely to experience. This means your teeth are much more likely to look and feel good. Below you will find a few practices that can help you to keep your teeth healthy:
Brush your Teeth Regularly
One of the best things you can do to keep your teeth healthy is to brush your teeth. Do this at least twice a day and make sure you brush all of your teeth, even the hard to reach ones. Try not to press down too hard on your toothbrush as you can potentially damage your teeth.
When it comes to brushing your teeth, the ideal duration is two rounds of “Happy birthday”. This will give you enough time to brush all of your teeth, ensuring you’re less likely to suffer from tooth decay.
Floss Every Day
Did you know that as part of their preventive dentistry advice dentists recommend that you floss every day? You don’t have to floss every time you clean your teeth but it is recommended. This is because you’re unlikely to have removed every scrap of food when you brushed. Food scraps can get stuck in between teeth, and this is likely to cause cavities. Don’t worry, flossing once or twice a day can help.
Mouthwashes are ideal as they can control the levels of plaque and gingivitis. Using a mouthwash at least once a day can make a real difference to your teeth. It can help to keep tooth decay at bay and freshen your breath.
We all know that smoking can be harmful to your lungs, but did you know it can also cause gum disease? Having a few cigarettes a day can also cause teeth to turn yellow, and make your breath smell. Finally, if you want another reason to quit smoking you’ll find that you’re likely to heal a lot slower after you’ve undergone a dental procedure.
Eat Fewer Sugary Foods
There’s a lot of food out there that contains too much salt and fat. There’s also a lot of food out there that contains a lot of sugar. Too much sugar can cause tooth decay and a wide array of problems. You should also consider drinking fewer sugary drinks. This is because they tend to be full of more sugar than you realize. Some drinks contain as much as 6 teaspoons of sugar.
If you like to drink soda, why not opt for a sugar-free alternative? There are many of them to choose from. Consuming less sugar will ensure you’re also less likely to suffer from diabetes.
Keeping your teeth healthy is very important. The more you look after them, the longer you are likely to keep them. Take your time brushing your teeth and ensuring you do all that you can to keep them looking and feeling good.