You look your best when you smile. And we know you love to flash your beautiful set of teeth, every time you are asked to pose for a picture. We’d like you keep it that way, so we put together some tips to help maintain better oral hygiene and dental health.
Floss. Every single day.
We have been conditioned right from our childhood to brush twice a day. And while not most of us brush twice, we do make it a point to brush at least one time a day. But, very few people understand the significance of flossing.
Flossing keeps your gums clean and healthy. It keeps mild gum diseases or gingivitis at bay. Recently, some scientists had concluded from their studies that flossing didn’t show any solid evidence in improving one’s oral health. But, majority of dentists beg to differ. Their experience clearly shows that people that floss regularly have fewer dental problems than those who don’t. In fact, most dentists can easily tell whether or not their patients floss regularly, just by looking inside their mouth.
For those who don’t know what floss is—it’s a thin, synthetic fibre that’s made to slide between your teeth and gums, removing the small particles from these areas, where your toothbrush can’t reach.
Spending 5 minutes a day to clean your mouth is not too much to ask for. Is it?
Keep away from sugar.
You may already know sugar is bad for the teeth. It’s best to avoid sugary drinks or foods as much as you can. However, if you must consume sugary drinks, ensure that you use straw. It’s the best way to reduce the amount of time sugar comes in contact with the teeth. This reduces the risk of developing cavities.
If you are used to chewing gum, go for a sugarless gum. Actually, chewing gums may be beneficial for your teeth. It reduces the amount of bacteria on your teeth and increases the production of saliva which reduces bad breath.
Maintain gap between eating and brushing.
After eating acidic food or citrus fruits, or after drinking wine, coffee and soft drinks, keep a good one-hour gap before brushing your teeth. This is because any acidic food consumed that stay on the teeth might end up damaging the enamel layer of the teeth while brushing your teeth. Also, try and replace carbonated beverages with tea, milk, coffee etc.
Change your toothbrush.
If the bristles of your toothbrush become splayed or start to bend outwards, you know it’s time for a new one. Or as a rule, change your toothbrush every 3-4 months. Older toothbrushes reduce the effectiveness of the toothbrush. Besides, an old toothbrush also has the possibility of harbouring germs, thus defeating the purpose of cleaning the teeth, and instead introducing more bacteria into the mouth.
Brush your teeth for a minimum of 2-3 minutes
When you brush for two to three minutes, you’re likely to reach all parts of the mouth. Also, don’t forget to clean your tongue to remove the bacteria and food particles stuck on it, and also to fight bad breath.