Developing good habits pays benefits in both oral and general health. Not only are healthy teeth responsible for the beautiful smile that makes you more appealing and presentable to others, but your dental health is deeply connected to your overall health as well. Research has proven that sometimes a person’s dental health is an indicator of his or her overall health. Health professionals have also noticed that people with gum diseases are 40% more prone to other chronic diseases.
After leaving the bed in the morning, brushing the teeth may only be routine work for many of us, but in reality, it is important than just a daily oral habit. To keep those beautiful teeth in their place and healthy, developing good oral habits is vital.
1. Brush your mouth properly
Yes, I said mouth, not teeth. The reason for this is that your teeth are not the only thing in your mouth; you have your gum, your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Those need cleaning too.
The best way to brush is by placing the bristles of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle near the gum line, such that the bristles are in contact with both the teeth and the gum. Brush using a back and forth, up and down movement. When you are done repeat the same procedure for the inner surfaces of your teeth and gum.
Then brush the surfaces of your tongue and roof of your mouth. This will help to get rid of bacteria that cause bad breath. Remember to brush your teeth and gum lightly; do not attack them with the bristles, as this will do more harm than good.
2. Floss, floss, floss
Dentists know that flossing makes a world of difference to dental health, yet many people still resist the daily flossing habit. A good suggestion is to break the goal into smaller bits, such as resolving to floss just once a day. That’s a goal anyone can achieve and likely will expand to include all the teeth.
As wonderful as brushing regularly is, it is not holistic in its responsibility to clean your teeth. Brushing can clean the surface of the teeth, but it cannot do the same for the spaces in between teeth.
This is where flossing comes in. It helps to get rid of food residue and other detrimental substances stuck between the teeth.
3. Drink Enough Water
Water helps to remove the tiny particles that cling to the teeth and tongue and to neutralize the acidity inside the mouth. So drinking more water isn’t just a great healthy habit, it makes for heathy teeth too!.
4. Ensure that your diet is teeth-friendly
For most people, if not everybody, our primary reason for eating something is that it tastes good. But have we ever considered what this different foods or snacks do to our teeth?
Foods such as nuts, apples, cheese, chicken, and vegetables are teeth friendly. Something extra to know about cheese is that it causes your salivary gland to produce more saliva, which neutralizes the acid.
Try to avoid too much sugar in your diet as well as some of these foods are a direct threat to the health of your teeth. These sugary and sticky products like chocolates, ice cream, carbonated drinks, etc. tend to cause bacterial infections.
5. Visit the dentist regularly
Applying all of the points above is not an excuse to skip out on your regular dental checkups and cleaning.
Regular checkup’s and dental cleanings are compulsory for avoiding poor dental health. Dentists suggest you have a checkup at least every six months to avoid any unexpected problems and keep your teeth healthy. Generally, we tend to visit the doctor only when the issue is already out of hand; this can lead to severe dental problems and even the loss of teeth. Taking the time to get regular checkup’s can solve many problems before it’s too late.
Contact Corne Smith Dentistry, Cape Town Claremont today to schedule your dental checkups and cleanings for the whole family.