It was inventor Benjamin Franklin who wisely stated, “Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” This quote applies to almost every field and area of interest, including dentistry. People avoid a dental checkup for a variety of reasons and increase the risk of causing more damage to their teeth. Here are seven…
5 Tips for Getting Healthier Teeth
Finding new ways to get healthier teeth is extremely important for your overall health. The condition of your mouth can have an adverse effect on the rest of your body when you do not take care of your mouth. The condition of your teeth can also affect your state of mind. People with a set of clean, white teeth tend to be more confident that those with damaged or discolored teeth. Your teeth are one of the first things people notice about you when you interact with them. When you have healthy teeth, people perceive you as more attractive, successful, and younger, so it is easier to feel confident about your appearance.
On the other hand, having damaged teeth can make you appear older, less attractive, and less successful. Failing to take care of your teeth can also lead to serious oral health issues like pulp infections, gingivitis, and tooth decay. Fortunately, there are many things you can do if you want healthier teeth. here is a look at a few of them.
5 ways to get healthier teeth
1. Brushing regularly
Brushing twice a day is essential for good oral health. Food particles become stuck on your teeth after eating and will develop into acids by the bacteria in your mouth. By brushing regularly, you remove these food particles before they cause significant damage to your enamel.
Try brushing after every meal for even healthier teeth. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride and has tartar control since these helps to reduce tartar buildup and remineralize your teeth.
2. Floss daily
Flossing is almost as important as brushing regularly. Both things perform a similar task: removing food particles from your teeth. However, dental floss can reach tight crevices between your teeth that a toothbrush cannot. These tight spaces trap food particles, which are eventually converted into acids. By flossing regularly, you prevent food particles from building up between your teeth.
3. Use a quality mouthwash
A quality mouthwash is the best way to reach spaces between your teeth that even dental floss cannot reach. These solutions also clean your entire mouth and freshen your breath. Antibacterial mouthwashes are often best since these kill bacteria that lead to bad breath and tooth decay. Fluoride mouthwashes are also a good option.
4 Avoid anything with sugar
Sugars are bad for your teeth since they break down into acid in your mouth. Anything that contains lots of sugar facilitates tooth decay, so stay away from them. The main culprits are sodas, candies, and desserts. If you must have some, make sure you brush your mouth afterward.
5. Visit your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings
Get your teeth cleaned by your dentist twice a year. During this treatment, your dentist will use a metal tool to scrape tartar from your enamel. Your teeth are also polished, then a fluoride treatment is applied. During your cleaning, your dentist will also examine your mouth for anything unusual. That allows he/she to address any developing issues in its early stages.
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