‘A teeth-clean a day keeps the dentist away.’ While this quote sounds funny, it isn’t entirely accurate. You should clean your teeth every day without question. However, just because you clean your teeth doesn’t mean you no longer need your dentist.
Regular dental checkups should be mandatory for everyone. Keeping your teeth clean and healthy benefits you more and more as you get older. In support of this, I’ve prepared a list of five tips that will help you keep your teeth clean and healthy for all the years to come!
Brush Your Teeth After Food Intake
You should brush your teeth at least twice a day, but I recommend brushing your teeth after every meal and snack if possible. Any food that has sugar or carbs in it will immediately cause plaque to start growing on your teeth. If you brush your teeth immediately after all meals and snacks, your teeth will last much longer.
If you’re into drinking carbonated drinks or alcohol, do brush your teeth thoroughly after those as well. Carbonated drinks will attack your teeth like nothing else and alcohol just smells terrible!
Brushing your teeth isn’t enough. Your toothbrush can only reach so much of your teeth. You must use floss in between each of your teeth, or else plaque will build up in there for your whole life. Eventually, you won’t have any teeth left to clean at all.
Be Nice to Your Teeth
You may look badass opening a bottle cap with your teeth but doing so risks chipping your tooth. Avoid using your teeth for anything other than chewing food. Your teeth are incredibly useful parts of your body and shouldn’t be used lightly.
Limit Your Sugar and Carbohydrate Intake
I know we all love to nibble on a sugary treat every once in a while. We must be careful of more than out weight when it comes to sugars and carbs, however. A combination of bacterial acid in our mouths, saliva and sugars or carbohydrates produces a harmful substance that eats away at tooth enamel.
As much as we love to eat foods with those things in them, we should be careful not to eat them often and to brush and floss straight after if ever we do!
Get Regular Checkups with Your Dentist
You really must go to the dentist regularly and have your teeth checked. There are things about your teeth and gums that only a dentist would notice and be able to treat. For the sake of your oral health, make sure you have scheduled checkups with your dentist.
These are my 5 ways to improve your oral health. Follow them, and your teeth will last far longer than most do!