Ten Steps to Great Oral Health
1. Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Do not be afraid of your dentist. Visiting your dentist regularly will insure that your teeth and mouth are in tip top condition. Regular checks can also help prevent and decrease the chances of having to work done on your teeth later.
2. Floss and Brush, in That Order
You should always floss first so that when you do brush; your toothbrush can get inside all the small spaces that previously had food particles in them. Flossing is important but a lot of people do not because “it makes their gums bleed” but what they do not realize is that not flossing regularly is what is causing their gums to bleed in the first place. Healthy gums do not bleed and you need to power through the first week and a half of bleeding to get your gums healthy again.
3. Do not Damage Your Teeth With Toothpicks
If you can help it, floss. Toothpicks can damage your gums or splinter.
4. Do not be Cheap, Replace Your Toothbrush
Toothbrushes wear down over time and become less effective, so if you value your smile – replace your toothbrush at least every three months.
5. Indulge in Cheese
Reducing the demineralization of your teeth is key when trying to strengthen enamel. The proteins found in cheese can help with demineralization and actually provides tooth-building calcium.
6. Baking Soda Helps Whiten Teeth
7. Foods – Friend or Foe?
Some believe fruits like strawberries can actually whiten your teeth. This has not been proven yet so it is still best to brush after every snack or meal.
8. Acid Reflux
The acids used in digestion inside your stomach should never come in contact with your teeth. The acid found in your stomach can weaken and damage your enamel causing sensitivity and other complications. To prevent acid reflux disease, follow these steps:
• Avoid fatty meals
• Try to eat less but more often
• Buy antacid tablets
• Quit Smoking
• Lose weight if you are overweight
9. Clean Your Tongue
Bad breath is caused by your tongue. Invest in a tongue scrapper and use it regularly to help reduce bad breath.
10. Keep Your Mouth Moist
A moist mouth is a healthy mouth, yet most medications can cause saliva to dry up. To keep your mouth nice and moist drink more water, chew sugarless gum or ask your dentist about artificial saliva products.