5 Best Practices for Healthy Teeth
Excellent oral well-being is well within reach, but only if you’re willing to put in the hard work. Keeping away cavities, gum disease, and other common dental problems requires concerted effort and discipline. You must be ready to replace harmful habits with helpful ones and practice them consistently for best results.
Below, we have compiled five tried and tested ways of safeguarding your oral well-being.
- Brush your teeth before bedtime.
It’s a well-known fact that you should brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss at least once. However, what may be less apparent is when you should brush your teeth. Ideally, it would be best to clean your teeth in the morning before going about your everyday tasks and at night before going to bed. Cleaning your teeth before bedtime eliminates the bacteria, food debris, and plaque that have accumulated during the day.
- Prioritize flossing as much as you do brushing.
It’s not enough to brush your teeth—you must floss as well. Flossing eliminates the food particles stuck between your teeth while also stimulating your gums and preventing inflammation. For best results, floss at least once—ideally before you go to bed; if you can floss even more times, the better.
- Incorporate mouthwash into your dental routine.
Mouthwash reduces acidity in the mouth, thus discouraging bacterial activity. Mouthwash also remineralizes your teeth while cleaning the areas that the brush and floss didn’t reach.
- Incorporate healthy, crunchy fruits and vegetables into your diet.
As a parent, you might be tempted to serve only the mushiest foods to your children. While mushy, processed foods are easier to chew, they do nothing to develop the jaws and teeth. To encourage strong teeth and jaws, ensure you add fresh, crunchy foods into your everyday meals.
- Stay hydrated at all times.
Water is essential for overall well-being, and that includes your oral health. Drinking plenty of water allows your body to flush out harmful toxins from its systems. Drinking water after every meal also washes out food debris and bacteria while minimizing the adverse effects of sticky and acidic foods.
Lastly, remember to visit the dentist every six months for dental exams and cleanings. If you adopt these healthy habits, you’ll be well on your way to a lifetime of healthy smiles.
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