Having bad dental hygiene can make it difficult for anyone to say something as simple as cheese or to smile. However, not being able to say cheese or smile pales in comparison to the avalanche of dental and oral diseases that you can suffer from if you treat your dental hygiene with contempt. Diseases such as gum disease, oral cancer and terrifyingly horrible breath (which is often an indication of other oral problems) can invade your mouth and make your life a living hell. Are you tired of keeping your lips tight shut in social circles? If yes, here are ways to get sparkling white teeth.
Brush your mouth properly
The reason is that your teeth is not the only thing in your mouth; you have your gum, your tongue and the roof of your mouth. Those need cleaning too. When brushing, place the bristles of the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle near the gum line, such that the bristles are in contact with both the teeth and the gum. Brush using a back and forth, up and down movement. When you are done repeat the same procedure for the inner surfaces of your teeth and gum.
As wonderful as brushing regularly is, it is not holistic in its responsibility to clean your teeth. Brushing can clean the surface of the teeth, but it cannot do the same for the spaces in between teeth This is where flossing comes in. It helps to get rid of food residue and other detrimental substances stuck between the teeth. If you really care about your dental hygiene (and you should), get into the habit of flossing at least once a day.
Ensure that your diet is teeth-friendly
For most people, if not everybody, the primary reason for eating something is that it tastes good. But have you ever considered what these different foods or snacks do to our teeth? Foods such as nuts, fruits (such as apples), cheese, chicken and vegetables are teeth friendly. Something extra to know about cheese is that it causes your salivary gland to produce more saliva, which neutralizes the acid.
Limit intake of sodas and alcohol
Tobacco for one is something you should run away from. Avoiding this can save you from some periodontal complications such as oral cancer. Furthermore, stuff that you will take to mask the smell of tobacco such as sweets, tea or coffee will just end of doubling the damage to your teeth already caused by the tobacco. You should also limit your intake of soda and alcohol.
Visit the dentist regularly
Applying everything stated in the previous points is not an excuse not to go for a regular dental checkup. All you can do is your best and then leave the rest to the dental care experts. As permissible as your schedule is, make it a habit to visit a dental care clinic regularly for full oral checkup and teeth cleaning. There are dental problems that you may not be able to identify on your own. Adhering to this can save you a whole world of hurt in the long run.
By Damilola Faustino
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