While visiting a dentist regularly does play an important role in keeping your mouth healthy, what you do every day often makes the biggest difference. In order to prevent dental problems such as cavities, toothaches, and gum disease, it is important to learn the proper ways to take care of your teeth. Here are 5 easy, routine things you can do for better oral health:
Saliva plays an important role in oral health by helping fight off bacteria, neutralising acid, and re-mineralising tooth enamel. However, it can’t do those things if there’s not enough of it. So, if your mouth often feels dry, drink more water to give your body what it needs to make saliva. Drinking water also lowers your mouth’s acidity and washes away food particles that could become plaque.
The most important thing you can do for your teeth and gums is to adhere to a daily routine of brushing and flossing teeth. These two tasks remove the daily buildup of food debris and plaque, which is a thin bacterial biofilm most responsible for tooth decay and gum disease.
Brushing and flossing are two very important steps to keep your mouth healthy, but they’re only effective if they’re done correctly. To make sure you’re brushing and flossing successfully, run the tip of your tongue along your teeth after. If it feels smooth, mission accomplished! But if it feels rough and gritty, try again, as there is still plaque build-up left on your teeth. You can also use plaque disclosure products occasionally to highlight any missed plaque still on your teeth.
Chances are you love sugar – but so do the disease-causing bacteria in your mouth. These bacteria feed on sugar, multiplying and producing acid, which in high levels can erode tooth enamel and lead to tooth decay. Limiting sugar in your diet reduces oral bacteria and the acid they produce, and therefore lowers your risk for disease.
You can extend the life of aligners, retainers, or other types of dental appliances by cleaning and maintaining them. You should clean your appliance regularly using a designated cleaner and warm water or clean them gently with your toothbrush and toothpaste. Make sure to take them out while eating or when drinking something sugary, and store them properly in the Toothfairy marble case, keeping them in a place where children or pets can’t get to them.