Maintaining healthy teeth and gums gives you not only a beautiful smile but also indicates your personality and oral hygiene. Healthy teeth build up confidence, and we can eat carefree when our oral health is good. Teeth help to give our face its shape, and if someone has difficulty in chewing most of the time, then his/her teeth are not healthy. Most people at some point in time develop oral problems by not following a proper routine. But maintaining oral hygiene is simple.
Follow these 10 simple tips to ensure healthy teeth and gums:
Most of the people do not brush their teeth in a proper manner. You should brush your teeth twice a day (before getting to bed at night and after waking up early in the morning). Proper brushing means brushing your teeth from above, under and in between the teeth will ensure proper cleaning. Also, do proper mouthwash each time you finish eating something.
Watch your eating habits:
What you eat affects your teeth in a big way, such as food like soft drink, and the food which contains a significant amount of sugar may lead to plaque (a sticky deposit on teeth in which bacteria proliferate). It also causes other mouth problems like too much intake of soft drinks dissolves enamel in your teeth due to a lot of acids they contain.
We all know smoking is bad for health but only a few people know that it also affects oral health. This is because smoking reduces the flow of blood into the mouth and yellows our teeth alongside with bad breath. Also, too much smoking leads to gum diseases which further leads to poor health.
A dental checkup is a must to examine the health of your teeth and gums. You may be doing everything right to try to keep your gums healthy and yet still develop gum disease, but a dentist cares your teeth in a way that is far better from doing it yourself.
Timely dental checkups (twice a year) will prevent you from all dental complications. It might seem heavy for you in your pocket, but you should know that spending money on maintaining your oral health now will save you big bucks afterward, and your teeth will thank you for it by staying put!
Flossing and using antiseptic mouthwash:
Along with brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth with mouthwash is also important as it gives you prevention from bacteria depositing in your mouth and also maintains shiny white teeth with a nice odor. You can also prefer natural antiseptic on a regular basis. Turmeric, for example, is an excellent antiseptic as it contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in keeping the gums healthy and teeth free from bacterial infection. Make a paste of it with ¼ tablespoon of salt and water and apply on your teeth and gums to make them healthy.
Maintaining a balanced diet is important for staying fit but also the intake of proper nutrients is essential. To make your teeth stronger and harder you should take food containing a good amount of calcium (for example milk) so that your teeth have a proper amount of it and are not deficient in Calcium. Drinking green tea helps in maintaining proper odor and gum health as green tea contains natural fluoride, polyphenols, and catechins which destroy the bacteria that cause tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Also eating foods such as cheese, yogurt, and soybeans will help in keeping your teeth healthy and strong.
Choose your toothbrush wisely:
You should never use a hard toothbrush. Hard toothbrushes cause abrasion to your enamel, which then exposes your dentine making your teeth appear more yellowish. Rinse your toothbrush with hot water before using it to soften the bristles. Also change your toothbrush every three months as your mouth is full of bacteria, which transfers to your toothbrush after every use.
Clean your tongue:
Clean the surface of your tongue daily. By using a professional tongue cleaner, you remove countless bacteria that otherwise live, particularly on the rougher top surface of your tongue that can transfer to your teeth and gums. These can contribute to bad breath (halitosis) and negatively affect your dental health.
Don’t Ignore toothaches and gum pain:
People sometimes take things normally that are signs of danger. If you are having a toothache or gum pain, do not ignore it and visit the doctor as soon as possible as sometimes toothaches can be signs of other diseases in your body like diabetes, etc. Also, go easy with your toothpicks if food is stuck between the teeth as improper use of toothpicks can make bleeding teeth and gums.
Take meds carefully:
Sometimes medicines we take can affect our oral health in a negative form (it can help to cure one but can trouble another in our body), so we should take medicines wisely as prescribed by the doctor. Take any supplementary medicine if needed for maintaining proper gum and teeth health alongside your major medicine so that it does not solely affect your teeth in any way after advised by your doctor.