10 Things You Must Do Every Day to Boost Your Oral Health
There is one thing guaranteed in life, and that’s after your baby teeth fall out and your adult teeth come in, that’s all you’re going to ever get. Well, unless of course, you are open to the idea of wearing dentures or false implants. So, whatever you do as far as taking care of yourself, you are going to want to make sure that your oral health is at the top of the list.
Unfortunately, it’s one that a lot of people let fall by the wayside. There are several things that you can do to maintain and boost your mouth’s current condition. You should strongly consider adopting each one of these practices into your daily routine.
Your Teeth Aren’t Scissors
Did your mother ever say that to you as a kid? When you stick something in your mouth and try and use your teeth as pliers, a knife, or any other tool, you are wrecking havoc on your oral health. Even though your teeth may seem sturdy, they are actually very fragile, and you can cause all kinds of problems doing something like this. Instead of skipping a step, grab the scissors and save your mouth the potential damage.
Stay Away From Soda
As hard as it may be, especially for those that drink a lot of soda, you need to stop right now. It’s one of the worst substances you can put on your teeth. Even those beverages that claim to have less sugar or an alternate ingredient can also be pretty damaging. You should try and eliminate it, but if you can’t, you have options. After you finish your drink, rinse with water, brush, and floss. Viola! Crisis avoided.
Daily Brushing and Flossing
This is one that you’ve probably heard for most of your life. You should be brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice a day. Don’t rush through it either. You need to spend enough time to clean each surface of every single tooth. When flossing, don’t miss a single space, nook, or cranny. Anything left behind has the potential of causing decay.
See a Professional
You should be going to see a dentist every six months. They will examine, clean, and do x-rays of your mouth. In the event there are any problems, they can be taken care of quickly. By getting the preventive care early, you are avoiding more serious, expensive, and permanent problems down the road.
Get Your Daily Intake of H2O
Whenever you put anything in your mouth from a drink of juice to a piece of gum or a potato chip on the fly, you are going to be leaving some crumbs behind in your mouth. By drinking lots of water, you will flush some of that away. It will also increase your saliva production, and that is great for your teeth and overall oral health as well.
Eat Plenty of Fruits and Veggies
Apples, carrots, and other firm fruits and vegetables are great for your teeth. They stimulate your gums, provide you with a delicious snack, and they increase your oral health. They are great for a well-balanced diet too, so it’s a no-lose situation.
Don’t Eat Hard Food
As tempting as it may be, you should stay away from anything that is hard like chewy candies, caramels, or jawbreaker-type treats. They could actually break your teeth just by biting into them. It’s best to keep them out of your diet.
Consume less Sugar
Processed sugars sit on your teeth and eat them away. That’s the most common reason for cavities forming. That’s even truer if you don’t brush and floss your teeth right after consuming them. The less sugar that you eat, the less of a chance you are going to have for cavities and other dental issues.
Take Care of Pain
Do you have some problem with your mouth that is causing pain or discomfort? Don’t ignore it. There is a good reason why this is happening. Something is wrong. It could be an underlying increase in sensitivity that will go away, but it could also be the start of something way more severe. Talk with a dentist right away about any aches.
Take Your Supplies
No matter what you are doing or where you are going, you should always have your toothbrush and floss with you. You can get smaller, compact versions of both of these items and keep them in your purse car, or desk drawer at the office. You do not need any reason to neglect your mouth and oral health. As long as you have these items with you, there won’t be one.
Author Bio –
This guest article is a work of Sven Olsson promoting Thantakit International Dental Center, Bangkok. If you’re on the lookout for latest articles on maintaining oral hygiene, don’t forget to check out the Thantakit Blog.