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Published On: Tue, Sep 18th, 2018

10 Perfect Ways to Keep Teeth Healthy

When someone tells you that you have nice teeth, in spite of brushing them regularly, don’t take their words without doubt. Because it’s not just about brushing them, you have to watch what you eat and drink as well. This way you can ensure that they’re not only white, but also protected against infections such as gingivitis, periodontitis and thrush among others.

Here are some of the best ways to keep your both teeth white and healthy:

 

  • Properly Brush Your Teeth

 

Dental dorks might be familiar with this one, but there is a good way to brushing your teeth and then there’s the bad. In fact, doing a poor job of brushing your teeth is just as bad as not brushing at all. Take your time to move the toothbrush in gentle, circular motions to remove plaque more effectively. Plaque that remains on your teeth eventually hardens, which leads to calculus buildup and gingivitis (early gum disease).

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  • Brush Your Teeth Before Going To Bed

 

There is a reason why our parents and dentists for that matter ask us to brush our teeth before bed and it’s so that we can get rid of the germs and plaque that accumulate in our mouth for the whole day. But even as we speak, there are many of us who neglect this important aspect of our life. That’s where we have to change our habits for the better.

 

  • Use a Fluoride Toothpaste

 

Don’t just pick out a toothpaste for its whitening powers and flavors. And if you’re going to choose one that will do your teeth any good, then you have to ensure it contains fluoride.

The reason why fluoride is so crucial for oral health is because it is a leading defense against tooth decay. It can fight off germs that cause your teeth to decay as well as form a protective shield for your teeth.

 

  • Clean Your Tongue

 

We cannot imagine anyone who enjoys halitosis, or bad breath in the morning. That is why it is pivotal you use a tongue scraper in order to remove the plaque from your tongue to keep it fresh. The buildup of bacteria on the tongue is what causes halitosis and daily scraping of the tongue is the only solution to this. It is also more effective than brushing your tongue with a toothbrush.

 

  • Make Flossing A Priority

 

Flossing is another thing that escapes our minds often in spite of being of the advice our parents and dentists give us. Flossing does more than just pick out the tiny pieces of food that’s stuck between our teeth; it also stimulates the gums, reduces plaque and lowers inflammation as well.

 

  • Avoid Foods That Stain Teeth

 

If you’re chugging down some black tea or red wine, or perhaps smoking cigars or cigarettes, you can expect your teeth to look like anything other than pearly white. Other foods responsible for dingy teeth include gravy, cola and dark juices. In other words, if what you’re about to put in your mouth is dark, then it will stain your teeth. It is for this reason that people are advised to brush their teeth after eating.

 

  • Switch To ‘Detergent’ Foods

 

Instead of munching on dark-colored foods, try switching to ‘detergent’ foods. And by ‘detergent,’ we mean celery, apples, carrots and popcorn. ‘Detergent’ foods are a great substitute to brushing your teeth after eating.

 

  • Brush Your Teeth With Baking Soda Once A Week

 

Baking soda is another strong and effective cleaning agent that removes stains and whitens teeth. You can use it just as you would with toothpaste. You can also use salt as an alternative. After cleaning, be sure to spit it out so it doesn’t count as sodium intake. And if your gums start to feel raw, then use brush with salt every other day.

 

  • Consider Using Mouthwash

 

Mouthwash helps in three ways:

  • It cleans areas that are hard to brush in and around the gums
  • It reduces the quantity of acid in the mouth
  • It remineralizes the teeth

You may ask your dentist for specific mouthwash recommendations. For instance, there are certain brands that are best for children with sensitive teeth.

 

  • Drink Lots Of Water

 

Water is by default the best beverage for one’s overall health and that includes oral health. As a rule of thumb, you should drink water after every meal. Doing so washes away some of the nasty effects of sticky and acidic foods as well as beverages in between brushes.

Author: Alma Angela

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