Every year, many of us make commitments to improve our health and fitness, save more money, or eat better. This year, why not prioritize your oral health as well?
Here are a few easy ways to maintain a happy mouth.
Brush at Least Twice a Day
Brushing your teeth regularly is necessary to protect against tooth decay and gum disease. Brushing reduces plaque buildup — an invisible layer of harmful bacteria that coats the teeth and leads to cavities. Brushing your teeth in the morning is great, but don’t forget to brush before bed, too, because it helps get rid of bacteria that builds up during the day.
Floss at Least Once a Day
Flossing is just as important as brushing when it comes to maintaining healthy gums and teeth. Flossing reduces plaque from between the teeth, stimulates the gums, and reduces inflammation.
Eat Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
Eating fresh vegetables and fruits is good for all parts of our bodies, including our teeth. The antioxidants and nutrients found in fresh vegetables and fruits can boost the body’s immune system, fighting off bacteria and inflammation and protecting both teeth and gums. Raw vegetables like carrots and broccoli also help by cleaning the teeth and removing plaque with their rough, abrasive texture.
If you are a smoker, one of the best things you can do for your mouth health is to quit. Smoking causes dental discoloration and cavities, as well as a range of more serious problems like receding gums, gum disease, and throat, lung, and oral cancer.
Clean Your Tongue
Believe it or not, plaque buildup is not limited to the teeth. Plaque also builds up on the tongue, which causes bad breath and can lead to other, more serious oral health problems. You should brush your tongue every time you brush your teeth or use a tongue scraper.
Drink Lots of Water
Along with drinking plenty of water throughout the day, taking a few drinks and gently swishing after every meal also helps remove food particles from the teeth and keep them clean between brushes.
Visit the Dentist for Regular Checkups
Visiting your dentist regularly is one of the most important things you can do to maintain a healthy mouth. Scheduling checkups twice a year, even if you don’t have any dental problems you are aware of, allows your dentist to monitor your oral health and helps prevent future problems.