Mastering your oral health is not only about knowing you need to avoid sugary drinks and brush twice a day. You have to consider many other factors that can make taking care of your teeth and gums easier.
To help you on your way, we’ve listed 5 tips that will help you on your journey from oral health novice to grandmaster.
1. Brush Before Bedtime
To get the most out of your oral health routine, you should try to brush before you go to sleep. Otherwise, the plaque on your teeth will feed off the bits of food and bacteria left in your mouth overnight.
2. Don’t Forget The Tongue
Plaque builds up on your tongue too. If not cleaned well, the plaque can lead to more build up on your teeth.
Make sure to brush your tongue gently or even use the tongue scraper to remove bacteria.
3. Flossing is as Important as Brushing
Little food particles get stuck in between your teeth, where your toothbrush can’t reach. If not removed frequently, it can lead to gum disease.
For those with sensitive gums or any other difficulties with using floss, there are plenty of options out there like water floss, floss picks, etc.
4. Drink More Water
Besides keeping you hydrated, water helps freshen your mouth between meals.
By swishing the water in your mouth after a meal or snack, you’re washing away the food pieces on the surface of your teeth and even in between them.
This is not a replacement for flossing or brushing but it provides your teeth with that extra bit of support during the day.
5. Type of Foods and Snacks Make a Difference
We’re all guilty of consuming sugary drinks and foods. We know it’s bad for us but it tastes so good, right?
The truth is, these snacks that are not good for our overall health aren’t good for our oral health either. If you’re going to snack during the day, try snacking on apples, celery and other crunchy, fresh foods. They help with teeth whitening and also with strengthening your teeth and gums.
Following these tips are an easy way of improving your oral health! But there’s one more very important tip. One of the best ways to take care of your teeth is by visiting your dentist regularly!
If you’re in need of a check-up, book an appointment with us and we’ll be happy to help you on your oral health improvement journey!