Did you know that positive oral health attributes to positive overall wellbeing? There is more to your mouth than just a strong and shiny smile. Oral health isn’t just about how your teeth look. It is multi-faceted and includes how you speak, smell and taste as well as a smile. Did you also know that poor oral health links to adverse health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke and dementia?
If you didn’t before, well you do now. It is essential that you keep your oral faculties intact. This means taking the crucial steps to take care of your mouth every single day. The way your teeth look can have a big impact on your confidence as well as your appearance.
Performing the right oral habits will not only keep your teeth healthy, but your overall mouth-functioning will benefit, and you’re highly unlikely to experience any adverse health conditions.
Read our tips for a strong oral routine below:
Brush and Floss Your Teeth Twice A Day
Brushing and flossing your teeth is the first crucial step of a strong oral routine. You may brush your teeth twice a day, but many people neglect flossing. Flossing is important because it helps to clear your mouth from any food debris that become stuck between your teeth after a meal. If food debris stays stuck in your teeth, it is a trigger for tooth decay. Therefore, start flossing if you haven’t already.
Drink Water Regularly
Sodas, coffee and wine are all tasty drinks that we all love and enjoy, but your teeth do not benefit from it. This kind of drink attributes to discolouration and enamel erosion. The enamel is the protective outer surface of your teeth that keep your teeth white. When the enamel is under attack, it exposes the protection and means your teeth are more likely to become stained and full of harmful bacteria, leading to tooth decay. Water rinses away bacteria and contains vital properties to keep your enamel strong. There are more benefits to drinking water which you can read here.
The harmful bacteria that triggers off tooth decay naturally comes from your tongue. When you’ve eaten, the food debris rests on the tongue. This leads to bad odour but can also lead to the bacteria collating with plaque to attack your enamel. Ensure you gently scrape your tongue using a tongue scraper. You may also do this with a soft-bristle brush after you’ve brushed your teeth.
Sugar is hard to give up for many people, but you’re missing out on key oral health benefits if you give it up. Sugar converts into acid that attacsk and weakens your enamel if your oral routine is weak. If you avoid sugar, your enamel stays strong and your teeth stay white. It’s that simple. You may consume in moderation but make sure the level of sugar consumption is low.
Eat More Calcium
Calcium is a vital mineral for your enamel to stay strong. Not only this, but calcium spreads to your teeth and bones as well. Calcium comes from eating fruit and green vegetables, dairy products such as cheese and milk, and fish such as salmon. Poor calcium levels mean weaker roots, gum irritation, and weaker bones. These attribute to tooth loss.
Alongside these five tips, don’t forget to visit the dentist regularly for a check-up appointment. The dentist can spot any oral health hazards that are unlikely to be found at home in the mirror. It is also always recommended to take oral advice from a dentist rather than relying on the internet which contains a lot of misinformed information. An extra tip for those who do not visit the dentist due to dental anxiety, there are steps you can take, with support from the dentist to overcome these fears.
Does your oral routine contain these tips? If not, you’re missing out on some key oral health benefits. For further advice for your oral routine, contact us at Burwood Dental Care today, or check yourself in for an appointment.