We are all unique; it’s a fact in life, and our teeth are without exception, all our teeth vary in shape and size. What we do have in common is that we all want our teeth to be healthy and to look good. To achieve this, oral hygiene is something we all have to practice.
Not having an oral health routine can result in tooth decay and gum disease, which will eventually result in tooth loss. Gum disease is a common problem, but it’s something that must not be ignored. By practicing basic oral hygiene, you can keep these problems at bay.
Here are 5 simple rules to keep your smile happy and healthy.
Brush Your Teeth Twice Daily
A shocking statistic in 2017 shows that 75 percent of Millennial New Zealanders skip brushing their teeth regularly. Brushing twice a day is a must, brushing your teeth at a 45-degree angle before breakfast and before you go to bed will reduce plaque build-up significantly.
Remember to replace your toothbrush every 3-4 months, and don’t forget your gums, they need brushing too.
Choose Sugar-Free Options
Sugar is the main cause of cavities and tooth decay. Sweet treats feed the bad bacteria in your mouth, which causes your tooth enamel to erode. By reducing your sugar intake, you will have huge health benefits and keep your teeth strong and healthy.
When having your evening meal, opting for water instead of sugary drinks, or snacking on fruit or vegetables instead of a chocolate bar will make you and your teeth much happier.
Floss and Mouthwash
Flossing is the one part of oral hygiene that many forget, but it’s a very important part. Flossing before or after you brush your teeth once a day cleans the parts of your gums that a brush cannot. In doing this every day, you will reduce the risk of gum disease that causes sore and swollen gums. Don’t be too forceful on your gums, this can also cause pain.
Mouthwash acts as the final layer of protection when cleaning your teeth. Using mouthwash containing chlorine dioxide can kill any bad bacteria and makes your breath smell fresh. Always an added bonus.
Don’t Forget Your Calcium
This is also one that many people overlook. Yes, you still need to monitor your calcium intake. By regularly consuming calcium, you’re maintaining strength in your bones and teeth. Consuming more vegetables or considering a calcium supplement will help toughen them up.
Oral Hygiene On the Go
Eating and drinking all day cannot be avoided, you’ve got to keep those energy levels up. This can make your teeth tired, not cleaning your teeth all day means your teeth are constantly fighting the bacteria. By drinking lots of water and perhaps even taking a toothbrush to work with you will keep your pearly white teeth strong. Being busy should not mean that your teeth have to suffer.