Your teeth are a very prominent facial feature. When you meet someone for the first time if that have perfect teeth, you probably won’t even think about it. If they have yellow, or missing teeth, this is all you will be able to think about. As the saying goes, your teeth are the best friends you have, if you take care of them, they’ll take care of you.
By developing a few oral hygiene habits, you will be able to reduce the chances of getting diseases like oral cancer, gingivitis, halitosis, gum disease and many more. Some of these can cause terribly bad breath and be very uncomfortable to deal with.
1. Brush your teeth
You probably think that you have this one covered, well, the chances are that you could use a refresher from when you learned to brush your teeth as a child. Many adults will only brush their teeth for a few seconds. When they do, they often brush too hard and miss some of the danger areas in their mouths where food particles can remain.
There is more to brushing your teeth than you may think. You should also make sure that you are brushing your gums, tongue and roof of your mouth too. If you want to know for sure if you’re using the right method then you should get in touch with a dental health professional and ask them. By brushing your teeth the right way after meals you can look forward to having excellent dental health.
2. Don’t forget to floss
Brushing is a big part of keeping your teeth clean. You should also make sure that you are flossing every time that you brush too. Your brush is probably not getting to all of the areas of your mouth where food collects. Using flossing alongside your brushing routine can go a long way to making sure that you are getting all of the food particles out of your teeth.
3. Make sure your diet is kind to your teeth
Everyone loves a snack now and again. What many are also aware of is that too much sugar can be bad for your teeth. You’re probably not going to give up sugar or sweet things. That’s just too much to ask anyone. There are however some foods that are beneficial to the health of your teeth. These foods include nuts, cheese and vegetables. By making sure that you are eating a healthy diet you can give your teeth and your mouth the tools they need to stay strong and healthy.
4. Cut down on the soda
Soda contains a lot of sugar and more importantly, phosphorus. Your body does need this, but when it comes to soda consumption a lot of people overindulge. Who can blame them, with unlimited refills at most restaurants it’s hard not to want to get your money’s worth. Being mindful of your soda consumption can have a very large impact on the health of your mouth and teeth.
5. Cut out the tobacco
Aside from all of the other health concerns, tobacco is very harmful to the health of your teeth. Tobacco can also stain teeth yellow.
6. Go to the dentist
A lot of people do not go to the dentist nearly often enough. They take it for granted that their teeth are going to look after themselves. With regular visits to the dentist, they can often identify problems before that start. This preventative measure can save you not only a lot of pain but also money. If the dentist is able to treat a small cavity, then they can do so at a much more affordable rate than if the cavity is left to grow and a root canal is needed.