Keeping your smile in top shape: 5 habits to help with your mouth care

Keeping your smile in top shape: 5 habits to help with your mouth care
August 23rd, 2016 | Blog | No comments

Mouth care should be a part of your daily routine. You always need to brush, floss, and overall take good care of your mouth. Researchers have proven time and again that people with health enhancing habits tend to life longer, have fewer complications and tend to be happier.

Additionally, good mouth care is by far the best method to have a pearl white smile, good breath, and to prevent cavities, infections, gingivitis and periodontitis. Some of the tips we are going to talk about today may seem like common sense; in that case, let this serve as a gentle reminder that you are already doing a great job.

Brush properly

You might already be brushing, but are you doing it right? When you brush, position the bristles at a 45 degree angle. Make sure that the brush is in contact with both your teeth and you gum line, that’s where most residue sticks, and that’s where tartar is most harmful. Also remember that you have to brush the inside of your tooth.

Brush with a back-and-forth and up-and-down motion, and do it gently to prevent bleeding. And remember brush at least twice a day.

Floss!

Yeah, it can be a chore sometimes, but flossing is just as important as brushing. Tooth floss can help you reach those hard to clean areas where food residue likes to take hold. You only need to floss once a day, it’s best to do it before you go to bed, right after brushing.

No smoking

You probably already know all the risks associated with tobacco. Not only are you preventing lung cancer and mouth cancer; you are also avoiding brown stained teeth and halitosis.

Coffee, sodas, alcohol and mouth care.

You might have heard that phosphorous is good for your mouth; and that’s correct, in theory. In practice, an excessive amount of phosphorous makes you lose calcium, which in turn, leaves you prone to suffer diseases such as osteoporosis or dental fractures. Soda, coffee, and alcohol all contain high levels of phosphorous, so keep a check on how much you consume.

Take calcium

On the other end of the spectrum, you should eat foods which provide calcium. The obvious is milk or yogurt, but if you are not into it, you can eat any dark leaf vegetable, soy products, Chinese cabbage, broccoli, low-fat cheese. There are plenty of options in the market.

Go to the dentist

Obviously, no habit is more important to your mouth care than going to the dentists every six months. A good checkup and cleaning will always keep you in top shape.