We all desire that perfect smile that brightens up everyone’s day for the better. When we aren’t blessed with perfectly aligned teeth, we invest heavily to correct our dentures but even after all those expensive procedures are done, your teeth still need you to adopt healthy mouth habits or that great smile you just created will enter in its demise very soon.
Having to go to the dental surgeon every 3-4 months can increase the burden on your wallet substantially and although it definitely helps clean your teeth, too much scaling can cause your gums to swell resulting in loose teeth.
Maintaining good oral health does not require visiting the dentist every few months. It is very possible to keep your mouth healthy without doing much.
Here are some simple ways to ensure your mouth is healthy and you have a big bright smile:
Keep your gums healthy
It’s your gums that are responsible for holding your teeth steady. Unhealthy gums make you susceptible to periodontitis and gingivitis, all of which can cause your teeth to loosen in the long-run.
To keep your gums healthy, brush your teeth at least twice a day to prevent the buildup of bacteria on your gum line after the consumption of food.
Flossing is absolutely essential for the health of your gums. The bristles of your toothbrush (no matter how crisscrossed they are) are not going to properly clean the crevices between your teeth. It is in these areas where the plaque builds up which is why you need to floss at least once every day to clear out any plague.
Use an antiseptic mouthwash twice a day to rinse out loose bacteria in your mouth. Note that using mouthwash is not a replacement to brushing, use it after you’ve brushed thoroughly for at least 2 minutes. Replace your toothbrush after every 3-4 months or when the bristles become frayed.
It’s is known that eating foods high in sugar or starch aren’t great for your teeth. Our mouth contains both good and bad bacteria. While the good bacteria is essential for the breakdown of food, the bad bacteria can causes diseases, provided they have the right conditions to thrive in. The reason sugary foods aren’t good for our teeth is because the bacteria feeds on the sugar and attacks the protective casing around our teeth – the enamel. The acidity causes the development of cavities which create holes in your teeth.
Not everything you eat is harmful to your teeth as there are foods that are really good for your teeth. Certain types of teas can definitely prevent the buildup of plaque on teeth. Particular cheeses and fruits have the ability reduce the levels of acidity in your mouth and foods rich in vitamins can help in protecting the enamel.
Make these foods a regular part of your diet and your mouth should remain healthy.
Don’t smoke or drink
Smokers are 4 times more likely to develop gum disease. Using any type of tobacco increases your chances of developing oral and throat cancer as well as fungal infections. If you’re thinking that smokeless tobacco is any better, you’re mistaken. Smokeless tobacco contains sugar which isn’t good for your teeth; too much smokeless tobacco will cause tooth decay. Having too many alcoholic drinks can also increase the risks of oral and throat cancer.
You’re not going to need the dentist more than twice a year if you pick healthy mouth habits and that too will just end with preliminary habits. Good oral hygiene consisting of brushing, flossing, and rinsing using an antiseptic mouthwash, will prevent the buildup of harmful bacteria in your mouth. Eating the right foods will reduce the levels of acidity in your mouth and cleanse your teeth. At the same time, avoiding smoking and drinking will significantly reduce the risks of developing oral and throat cancers.
But don’t just adopt these healthy mouth habits for yourself, make sure that you are passing them on to your children, spouses, friends, family, and colleagues by showing the benefits of doing so yourself because nothing is more influential is passing good things around than a person you know and trust very dearly.