Healthy habits for a healthy smile
All habits – good or bad – take some time before we see any recognisable results. Even with teeth whitening aids and improved oral hygiene routines, a healthy smile doesn’t come overnight. It is, however, worth the time and effort.
Maintaining good oral health is just as important as changing your diet or starting to exercise. Dental Associates Blog describes your mouth as the ‘gateway to your body’. If you maintain good oral health, other health issues can be prevented, including heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.
Establish a healthy smile from a young age. A good oral health routine can set your children up for a lifetime of healthy habits. Healthy habits, especially for a healthy smile, start with resolutions or goals and the resolve to stick to them.
Below, we have listed some great tips to maintain your oral healthcare and smile every day.
Floss, floss, floss!
Flossing once every day is essential for the maintenance of your oral health. Your toothbrush only reaches 60% of your teeth’s surfaces. Flossing your teeth removes excess plaque and debris. It has to be done correctly, though.
Use a C-shape when flossing, and don’t be scared to floss under your gums to remove the plaque in between your teeth and under the gumline.
If you floss too hard, you risk gum damage that can tamper with your long term oral health issues. Your hygienist can assist with flossing tips.
Try an electric toothbrush.
Buying an electric or manual toothbrush is a personal preference, but electric toothbrushes are apparently more effective than traditional toothbrushes.
An electric toothbrush doesn’t require back and forth brushing. You only have to guide the brush to the different quadrants of your mouth, and the vibrations do the rest. An electric toothbrush is best if you notice excessive plaque and calcium build-up in your mouth.
Some electric toothbrushes have a two-minute timer. That is extremely convenient if you don’t feel like counting and knowing when to move to the next section of your mouth.
Always brush at a 45-degree angle towards your gum line and softly. Brushing too hard can damage your gums and wear the enamel away.
Brush your tongue
Millions of bacteria live on the tongue, and that is why you need to brush your tongue when you brush your teeth. If you don’t brush your tongue, you contribute plaque build-up and cavities.
Because your tongue has taste buds and folds, the build-up can attract residue and leads to you having bad breath.
Brush your tongue gently. The gentle movements will easily remove bacteria.
Go easy on the sugar.
Eating a diet containing too much sugar can result in tooth decay. Less sugar decreases developing cavities. Saying farewell to delicious sweets is hard, but there are substitutions you can try, such as sugar-free seltzer water and gum. Sugar-free gum helps wash leftover food particles and harmful bacteria, especially when you don’t have a toothbrush nearby.
Avoid hard candies and sticky gummies as they stay on your teeth longer and blend with your plaque. Chocolates are a better choice when you want to treat yourself because they melt out of your mouth quicker.
Healthline says; the bacteria that feed on sugar in your mouth cause plaque to form on teeth and under your gums. The acid content in plaque causes the tooth enamel’s demineralisation. When the enamel wears away, bacteria and acid are able to enter teeth, reaching the soft dentin inside. Tooth decay leads to cavities. Cavities start out as holes in tooth enamel. If they’re not filled, they become larger and deeper. Sugary foods, fluids, acid, and bacteria can all enter a cavity, causing jolting, sudden pain.
See a dentist twice a year.
If possible, schedule a dental appointment every six months. It is essential to do this, especially if you are experiencing sensitivity or pain around the mouth area. The longer you wait, the more painful and costly your issue can become.
A regular visit to your dentist or hygienist allows for health screenings for conditions such as high blood pressure and oral cancer.
Take care of your pearly whites.
At first glance, your smile is the first thing people usually notice.
Do your best to choose the most suitable whitening products, avoid smoking and drinking alcohol and drink plenty of water. Tooth whiteners use a substance such as a hydrogen peroxide to lighten stains.
To do this effectively, the peroxide needs to penetrate the tooth and reach the dentin inside. This can cause heightened sensitivity in teeth.
It is the little things that can bring out the best habits for a healthy smile. Good luck!
Other dental habits include flossing and brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste for the full two minutes. Consider oil pulling with coconut oil to rid the mouth of plaque and build-up.
And during your annual dental check-ups, speak to your oral hygienist or your dentist about the most effective techniques for taking care of teeth and gums.