How to Keep your Teeth Healthy and Looking their Best
Tooth health is something we should all be worried about, because it is something that affects us our whole lives. We all know the basics to keeping our teeth healthy – brush at least twice a day, use proper toothpaste, avoid too much acidic food, etc. but there is a lot more to overall tooth health than most people are aware of.
While brushing at all is a win for your teeth, ther way you brush is just as important. Just as you can brush too weakly, you can also brush too aggressively. When brushing, don’t rush; make sure you spend a minimum of three minutes brushing all of your teeth. Make sure you use rounded movements to get every part of the surface of your teeth, and brush as much plaque off as possible.
Use Appropriate Toothpaste
There are so many toothpastes out there that it can be difficult to find one which is good. The best toothpaste has fluoride in it, which actively helps to strengthen your teeth as you brush them. Tooth decay is stopped, or at least slowed, by using a fluoride toothpaste, and the causes of gum disease can be halted as well.
Flossing is as important as brushing, because it helps you to reach those hard to reach areas. Floss can go between your teeth to find the plaque which hides in there, and it can also go down into the back of your mouth to find plaque there. Flossing is normally done twice a day, after brushing, but even once is enough to get some benefits.
Drinking water can flush your mouth out and help you keep harmful bacteria to a minimum. It can function as part of a healthy diet to keep your mouth healthier, and to keep it smelling and feeling fresher. Water also helps to flush your mouth after you have something that is greasy or sticky, for an overall better experience.
Eat Raw Vegetables
Mouth health is about more than just your teeth; there are muscles and bones which need to kept healthy as well, and eating raw vegetables is one way to do that. Raw vegetables make the muscles in your mouth work harder, thus strengthening them.
Eat Less Sugar and Acid
Sugar and acidi are both bad for the enamel on our teeth, as they act to loosen it. If we loosen the enamel too much, it can be washed away, never to return. When the enamel is worn away, cavities and decay are waiting to happen, so to try and avoid loose enamel, cut down on the sugary and acidic foods you eat on a daily basis.
See your Dentist
Any good dentist will make sure that you see them at least twice a year for check-ups – this is to ensure that you ae healthy, and try and catch problems before they become serious. Most dentists will have a number of different services beyond the usual – check 123 Dental’s range of services for ideas – and you can see what you need over and above the normal appointments.