When your mouth is healthy, it’s a promising indicator that you will be able to keep your natural teeth as you age and won’t have to endure countless dental treatments to keep your mouth functional. But when your oral health is in recession, your risk of getting other health issues increases. Gum disease especially, can escalate the development of heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes. Essentially, keeping your oral health on point is a necessary factor in your overall health.
Maintaining excellent oral health might seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually a lot simpler if you think about it as a crucial component of your lifestyle.
Here are 10 oral health care tips that are easy to implement into your daily life (if you haven’t already):
1. Brush often
This might seem obvious, of course brushing your teeth is the first tip on the list, but it is so important. Cleaning your teeth should be a consistent part of your daily routine. The key is; your teeth should be brushed at least twice a day for at least two minutes.
Again, an obvious point. However, so many people neglect to floss their teeth because it takes extra time. Flossing your teeth once a day helps to remove the plaque that leads to cavities and gum disease that brushing can’t always clear.
3. Use mouthwash
If you don’t have a family-size bottle of mouthwash in your cabinet, get one! Mouthwash not only keeps your breath fresh, but it also kills bacteria, reduces plaque growth, helps prevent gum disease, and helps prevent tooth decay.
4. Choose the right toothbrush
Dentists recommend a soft-bristled toothbrush because they are better at removing plaque and are gentle on the gums. Pick a toothbrush that fits your mouth comfortably that allows you to easily reach all your teeth.
5. Change your toothbrush
If you think about it, using the same toothbrush for ages is pretty foul. To stay fresh, you should change your toothbrush at least every three months, or when the bristles start to fray.
6. Spit, don’t rinse
Like most people, you might be rinsing your mouth with water after brushing your teeth. Although, it’s actually more beneficial to just spit out your toothpaste. Excess toothpaste sitting on your teeth allows for the fluoride to activate properly.
7. Crunchy produce
Eating raw, fresh, produce contains more healthy fibre than cooked fruits and veggies. It also helps your teeth and jaw stay strong, just like a workout for your mouth!
8. Limit sugary or acidic foods
Unfortunately for all the lolly lovers and sweet tooths, eating sugary foods will produce acids that attack your enamel. Carbonated and soft drinks already contain acids that do this as well.
9. See your dentist
Visiting your dentist every six months is super beneficial. Not only for keeping your teeth bright, but also so that they can detect any possible oral health issues that may arise, as well as give you personalized tips to improving your oral health.
10. Drink water!
This is one of the most underrated tips for maintaining a healthy mouth! Drinking water helps to clear your mouth of food debris, accumulated sugars, and helps you produce bacteria-fighting saliva. So, drinking water especially after you’ve had coffee, soda, or ate food, will keep your mouth fresh as a daisy!
If you’re wanting to learn more about oral health, or have any questions or concerns about your personal oral health, make an enquiry or an appointment with us online here: https://starbrightdental.com.au/contact-us/