I bet you have read plenty of posts about how to stay healthy by exercising and by eating the right type of food. You may have even found ones that suggest strategies for improved mental health or trying meditation. However, one vital area of health that is often overlooked is our teeth. Fortunately, there are some pretty simple ways of ensuring that we keep our teeth healthy. Keep reading to find out what they are.
Stop brushing so hard
You already know that you need to brush your teeth at least twice a day, so I won’t insult your intelligence by reminding you. However, what you may not realise is that brushing your teeth too hard can cause you more problems than it solves.
Indeed, brushing your teeth too hard can damage both your gums and the protective top layer known as enamel. Sadly, both of these things can leave your mouth open to infection, bacteria, and cavities. That is why you need to make sure you are using the correct technique when brushing your teeth, slow circular motions that make contact with the tooth but are not so hard as to cause pain or bleeding. You may even wish to invest in an electric toothbrush as these will manage the circular motions for you, and some even have warning systems that notify you when you are pressing too hard.
Use floss and mouthwash
To ensure your mouth stays healthy, brushing your teeth is only half the story. This is because no matter how well we brush there will always be microscopic bits of food that get trapped in between the teeth, and this can lead to plaque growth.
Fortunately, other oral hygiene methods such as using floss at least once a day, and mouthwash twice a day can help reduce the amount of debris left in the teeth. Therefore ensuring better oral health overall.
Attend your dental appointments
While you may not enjoy visiting your dentist for a regular checkup it is an important part of taking care of your teeth. Of course, you can make trips for checkups and work a lot easier by finding a Dental Service in your area that offers a range of treatment options, and that you trust. Indeed, many dentists will now offer a range of services from basic cleanings to crowns and implants, meaning you get to form a long-term relationship with your provider, which can make visits much more straightforward and stress-free.
Cut your sugar intake
Sugar isn’t just bad for our waistlines but can create serious problems for our teeth as well. Indeed, sugar is the food that the bacteria in our mouth feed on, the results of which can be eroded tooth enamel, and cavities.
With that in mind, switching to water instead of sugar-laden sodas is a good idea. Also cutting down on sugary foods like cakes, candies, and chocolate can help. Brushing your teeth directly after eating such food is also a must if you want to maintain your oral health in the long term.