19 September 2019

Ten tips for keeping your teeth healthy

There was a reason why Willy Wonka’s dad never allowed him to eat any chocolates as it was a potential risk for his teeth,but you don’t need to leave your house for it like he did. Keeping our body healthy is our utmost priority in any environment that can be harmful to us. Adults are not immune to dental problems and brushing our teeth every morning and night doesn’t guarantee the required attention it needs. To be aware of the technique and the methods is the first step you need, we have narrowed down some of the important methods you need to know.

1. Brushing Technique

Brushing is the most communal hygienic routine we follow to keep our teeth healthy. But do we pay attention to the technique we use to brush our teeth; in fact, a poor brushing method is almost as bad as not brushing at all? You should take up to 2-3 minutes to brush your teeth and also use up and down motion to clean them. Take time to brush your teeth, move the brush in gentle circular motions to remove plaque. Unremoved plaque can cause severe gum diseases like gingivitis and buildup of calculus.

2. The Right type of Brush

Choosing a brush is as essential as clearing it, according to the International Dental Health Association, most adults require a medium toothbrush. Whenever you look for a proper brush, look for a small head and soft bristles so they can reach into the crevices of your molars to banish the leftover food particles and polish your teeth. A powered toothbrush doesn’t help in cleaning teeth but can be useful for people with braces and patients suffering from arthritis. A worn toothbrush is of no use after a time, so it should be replaced every three months.

3. Choose the right Toothpaste

As it is essential to choose the right toothbrush, it is even more important to use the right toothpaste. When it comes to choosing a toothpaste, we all have our preference for flavors, but looking for the correct elements is more important than it. You can choose any flavour you want. Make sure it contains fluoride. There has been an amount of scrutiny about the impact of fluoride on other health areas, but fluoride is a leading defense against tooth decay.

4. Floss Properly

Flossing teeth is like a foreign concept for many who brush regularly. Like brushing, flossing should be done once a day to get any leftover food from your teeth and remove plaque formation formed in between the teeth. The right way to floss is to take an 18 inch of flossing string and move it in a motion that forms a “C.” That way the complete tooth is covered and cleaned correctly. Throw the used floss and use a fresh one every time you floss your teeth.

5. Use Mouthwash

You might have watched commercials of mouthwash that show that it is necessary to keep your mouth healthy. Mouthwash is not only for your teeth but for your entire mouth, but many people skip it due to lack of knowledge on how to use it. Using a mouthwash is easy; you just need to take a small amount of liquid and gargle it for about 2-3 minutes,then spit it out. This will help you reduce the acidic taste, remineralize your teeth and cleans the area where your brush couldn’t reach. Consult your dentist for recommendations according to your teeth and its nature.

6. Avoid/Limit Carbonated drinks

There is no concrete proof that carbonated drinks are bad for your health, but it is said to be harmful for your teeth, as it results in loss of calcium in bones. But most carbonated drinks contain sugar which converts into acid in your mouth. Acidity can erode the enamel of your teeth. Acid foods and drinks lead to cavities, and it doesn’t hurt to be mindful of your health.

7. Regular Check-ups

A dentist is the tooth fairies we have, and our everyday habits are crucial for our oral health. Yearly checkups are even required for the most obedient brushers. You should visit your dentist for a regular checkup minimum twice in a year. A dentist has an eye for potential cavities or any other issues that might come up.

8. Never neglect your tongue

Did you know that plaque also builds on your tongue? The food we consumed leaves its trances behind on the surface of the tongue, which can lead to bad mouth odor and also other dental health problems. Most brushes these days come with a ridged tooth-scraper on the back of the toothbrush. So after brushing whatever bacteria remains on the tongue can be scraped off. Scraping not only will it banish bacteria, but cleaning your tongue can also help freshen your breath.

9. Drink water

Water has been proven to be the best beverage for our overall health, including our oral health. Drinking water keeps the mouth refreshes and washes away the acidic effects of sticky and acidic foods. Also, it doesn’t let bacteria or cavities grow.

10. Right food

Readymade foods are convenient, but it cannot be suitable for your health or teeth. Eating fresh crunchy foods can help your teeth to work more, making them stronger. Popcorn for an instant is perfect for your gums and helps improve the strength.

Your oral health is as important as your overall health, at Shah’s Dental Serenity we encourage people to take care of their oral health. We also provide the best mental services.