Great oral hygiene helps keep your teeth healthy, look good, hold bad breath at bay and prevents gum disease and other oral diseases. Not only is oral hygiene important for having a great looking smile, but also to maintain good overall health, oral diseases having been linked with health conditions such as diabetes and heart disease. Below are a few tips that can help keep your teeth in great condition.
Floss Before Brushing
Flossing removes food particles and bacteria that are stuck between your teeth and removes plaque from your teeth. Brushing after you’ve flossed is more effective because you’ll brush away food, bacteria and plaque that have been loosened from flossing.
Eat Some Cheese
Cheese contains whey protein and casein which help strengthen your tooth enamel by fighting demineralization. Cheese is also high in calcium, which is important for keeping your teeth strong and preventing bone loss. Make sure you get enough vitamin D as well because this helps your body better absorb calcium.
Avoid Staining Foods
Coffee, black tea, cola and berries can all cause tooth stains. If you want to keep your teeth stain-free you should try to avoid these types of foods and drinks. Instead eat foods that reduce stains, such as carrots, apples and celery. These increase the production of saliva in your mouth, which helps keep your teeth healthy and looking great. If you do indulge in staining foods and drinks, rinse with water or brush your teeth afterwards.
Brush With Baking Soda
It’s difficult to eat a diet completely void of any teeth-staining foods. To get rid of stains on your teeth and keep them nice and white you can try brushing your teeth with baking soda once or twice a month. You can either use pure baking soda (mixed with a bit water) or buy a toothpaste that contains baking soda. If brushing with baking soda causes irritation to your teeth or gums you should stop using it.
Avoid Acid Reflux
If you struggle with acid reflux, you should try to get this condition under control to prevent your teeth from getting damaged from stomach acid getting into your mouth. Stomach acid can severely erode the teeth’s enamel. Some foods that are likely to cause acid reflux include alcohol, coffee, chocolate, dairy, citrus fruits, tomatoes and deep fried foods. If you often have acid reflux, figure out which foods most often cause it and try to cut these out of your diet.
Keep Your Tongue Clean
Your tongue is breeding ground for bacteria. After brushing your teeth you should always brush your tongue as well or scrape it using a tongue scraper. This helps remove bacteria from your tongue that cause bad breath and can lead to tooth decay.
Avoid Dry Mouth
Ample production of saliva is crucial for keeping your mouth healthy. Many medications cause dry mouth however, which can lead to oral health problems even when you maintain a good oral hygiene otherwise. If you suffer from dry mouth due to medication you need to take, try to keep your mouth moist by drinking more water throughout the day and chewing sugar-free gum after meals. Also consult with your dentist about using an artificial saliva product.
Zane Schwarzlose is a writer at Fahrenheit Marketing, an Austin web design company. Zane is glad he takes care of his teeth.