5 top tips for good oral health
Tired of avoiding the camera in social situations or at those all-important family occasions? Have you ever considered how good your oral health is, and what you can do to keep it in check?
Read on to discover 5 simple tips that can help you maximise your oral health and maintain healthy teeth - and a good smile.
Why are my teeth so important?
Your teeth vary in shape and size, depending on where they are in your mouth, and also serve a number of purposes. They can help you chew and digest your food, help you talk and they give you your unique face shape.
As one of the first things we notice when meeting somebody new, having a healthy smile can be a great asset. It is therefore important that you give your teeth and gums the care that they deserve!
5 top tips
1. Brush your mouth (not just teeth) properly!
A common mistake is that people only concentrate on their teeth when brushing, when there are other important areas of the mouth you should clean too. This includes your tongue, gums, and the roof of your mouth.
When brushing, make sure you use an up & down and back & forth movement across all areas and brush your tongue to get rid of the bacteria that causes bad breath.
2. Regular flossing
Brushing is great for cleaning the surfaces of your teeth, but what about the spaces in between? Daily flossing is essential to remove food residue and other unfavourable nasties lurking in between your teeth. Not flossing can easily lead to plaque build up, increasing chances of gum disease.
3. Teeth-friendly diet
Have you ever considered what your favourite sugary snack or fizzy drinks are doing to your teeth? Foods such as nuts, apples, chicken and vegetables are teeth friendly as they cause your salivary gland to produce more saliva, which in turn neutralizes harmful acids. Limiting the amount of sugary drinks and alcohol can help improve your oral health and reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.
4. Leave a little fluoride in your mouth before bed
Fluoride helps to strengthen the surface of your teeth, so why rinse it all off? It is easier said than done after you have brushed your teeth in the morning as it will more than likely be swallowed through the day. This tip is much easier to do after you have brushed your teeth before bed as the fluoride will sit on the surface of the teeth whilst you’re sleeping.
5. Visit your dentist regularly
You can only do your best when it comes to oral hygiene - leave the rest up to the experts! Therefore, it is vital you still regularly visit your dentist whilst sticking to the previous tips. Most importantly, there are dental problems you won’t be able to identify yourself. Also, visiting a dental hygienist regularly can not only allow your mouth to have a thorough clean, they can also give you some great tips on improving your oral hygiene and preventing dental problems.