If your mouth is healthy, then it’s a sign of your overall health. It is crucial to practice good oral hygiene to keep your teeth and gums, and your body in tip-top condition.
Here are 5 ways you can keep your mouth looking and feeling clean and healthy:
Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is the easiest way to maintain a happy smile. Brushing your teeth eradicates germs and plaque that have built up throughout the day.
How you brush your teeth is also really important. Move the brush in circular motions in your mouth to get rid of plaque.
If you don’t brush your teeth regularly or properly, plaque can harden and build up, which can lead to more severe problems down the line, such as cavities, gum disease or even tooth loss.
Flossing is as important as brushing, but many of us neglect flossing, because we think cleaning our teeth is enough. The beauty of flossing is that it can reach the areas in between the teeth that a toothbrush often misses.
How to floss:
- Hold the floss so that it is tight, using your thumbs and index finger.
- Ease the dental floss gently between two teeth and guide it up and down, against both sides of each tooth.
- Do not floss between your gum and your tooth. This can scratch, bruise or damage your gums.
- Place the dental floss in between two teeth. Gently glide the floss up and down, rubbing it against both sides of each tooth.
- Gliding the floss between your gums can scratch or bruise them.
- Repeat these above steps and use a new, clean section of floss for each tooth.
There are many benefits to flossing regularly:
- Prevents tartar build-up
- Prevents bad breath
- Helps prevent gum disease
3. Visit your dentist
Expert dentists recommend that you book 6-monthly appointments with your dentists for a checkup.
Your dentist will look for cavities, decay or dental damage, as well as check the gums for infection or disease.
During a routine examination, a dental hygienist will clean and polish the teeth to remove plaque or tartar that has built up.
4. Healthy diet
Cavities can develop as a result of a sugary diet, which includes desserts, sweets, and soft drinks, and many processed foods.
Oral hygienists recommend avoiding excessive consumption of starchy foods such as bread, crisps and pasta, as these can also lead to decay.
A healthy and balanced diet is vital to preventing cavities or damaged teeth.
Eating fibre-rich fruit and vegetables, as well as sugar-free dairy products, will not only help maintain a happy smile but will strengthen bones.
5. Upgrade your smile
A smile that is healthy is important, but so is your self-confidence. There are many options out there that can help you improve the look and dazzle of your smile:
Veneers are a thin coating of white porcelain that fits perfectly over a tooth.
This can improve the look of your smile, as well as help prevent your teeth from damage or decay.
Because veneers are porcelain, they do not stain. However, the cement used to fit the veneers might become a little stained over time.
This can be easily remedied by visiting your dentist, who will clean out the cement for you. More here.
Porcelain veneers can solve:
- Worn down or damaged teeth
- Misaligned teeth
- Uneven or irregularly shaped teeth
- Gaps between the teeth
Invisaligns are discreet and invisible, a perfect aesthetic solution to improving your teeth.
They are also removable and comfortable enough to wear during the night so unlike conventional braces, Invisalign is a comfortable way to correct misaligned or uneven teeth.
Dental implants provide a long-term and durable solution to a missing tooth or teeth.
They are made of porcelain, so they look and feel natural, boosting your confidence and brightening your smile. Learn about the benefits of implants.